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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radosław Sikorski, to visit the Republic of Moldova

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radosław Sikorski, to visit the Republic of Moldova
On 10th-11th July 2008, Mr Radosław Sikorski, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will pay an official visit to the Republic of Moldova at the invitation of Mr Andrei Stratan, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, who visited Poland in 2004. It will be the first visit of the head of Polish foreign policy to the Republic of Moldova in the 16-year history of bilateral relations.

The agenda of the visit includes a meeting with the President, Vladimir Voronin, the Prime Minister, Zinaida Greceanii, the Chairman of the Parliament, Marian Lupu, and the Deputy Prime Minister, A. Stratan, who is to host the visit. Minister Sikorski will also meet representatives of the Moldovan opposition parties and the Polish Diaspora. In addition, the agenda also includes a joint press conference with both Ministers and an interview with Minister Sikorski for Moldovan TV.

The  objective of the visit is to activate mutual relations and make them more dynamic in both a bilateral and an EU context. There are no contentious issues within the bilateral relations and the Polish minority living in Moldova enjoys all rights and freedom.

Poland wishes to go beyond the current forms of support for Moldova’s European aspirations and the plans to solve the Transnistria problem. By confirming participation in the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) and the Mobility Partnership, we would like to present a Polish and Swedish initiative, ’Eastern Partnership’ and, within the framework of this initiative, assess the possibility of enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Much of the time during the visit will be devoted to issues related to Poland’s development assistance for Moldova and to linking these issues with the economic projects agreed during the meeting of the Polish-Moldovan Commission for Economic Cooperation, which was held in Warsaw on 11.06. 2008.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland


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