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Bilateral Military Cooperation to the Attention of Ministers of Defense of Republic of Moldova and Romania

CHISINAU, November 30, 2017 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza met today with his Romanian counterpart, Mihai Fifor, in Bucharest.

The two officials talked about the current stage of the bilateral military cooperation and the opportunities for developing the Moldovan-Romanian partnership, as well as about the cooperation within international organizations.

Eugen Sturza thanked the Romanian Government for the contribution to the defense sector reformation and for the assistance within the Defense Capacity Building Initiative (DCBI), with a focus on the development of the National Defense Strategy and the Military Strategy. The Minister of Defense also appreciated the activity of the Joint Moldovan-Romanian Defense Committee — a key element in achieving the main cooperation objectives.

Eugen Sturza also mentioned the training opportunities for Moldovan service members in educational institutions from Romania, as well as within bilateral and multinational exercises.

Minister Mihai Fifor stated that the two countries have a very good defense cooperation, at all levels, and mentioned that Romania will support the Republic of Moldova to finalize the reformation process of the National Army.

Eugen Sturza and Mihai Fifor agreed on strengthening the bilateral military cooperation in 2018. In this context, Minister Sturza invited his Romanian counterpart to visit the Republic of Moldova.

At the end of the meeting, the two officials unveiled the sculptural complex “Efigii Voievodale” (Voivode Effigies) thus marking the anniversary of the National Day. The complex was created by director of the Fine Arts Studio of the Romanian Army, Valentin Tanase, and is situated in front of the Ministry of National Defense building. The sculptures immortalize six great princes and kings who achieved true military merits and obtained decisive victories in important conflicts: Mircea cel Batran, Vlad Tepes, Stefan cel Mare, Mihai Viteazul, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Carol I.

The Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza is paying a visit to Bucharest in order to attend the Parade dedicated to the National Day of Romania.

Photo source: mapn.ro

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