ForMin Comanescu: Reforms in Moldova, necessary for 150-million-euro loan granting

The progress registered by the Republic of Moldova in the actions of reform and implementing the Association Agreement with the EU are "directly relevant" in meeting the requirements for Romania's transferring the first tranche of the 150-million-euro loan provided to this country, Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu said Thursday.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release, the Romanian chief diplomat welcomed on Thursday Moldova's Foreign Affairs and European Integration Deputy Minister Lilian Darii, who is paying a visit to Bucharest for a round of regular bilateral political consultations. Lazar Comanescu noted the positive evolutions recorded over the recent months in respect to Moldova's reforms and urged for further keeping a high pace, mainly in the areas of justice, fight against corruption and improving the investment framework and the business environment.

"The results so far need to be consolidated, through a steady and credible effort meant to go deep, to the structural aspects, to meet the citizens' expectations. As until now, Romania will grant the necessary support for the actions of reform and implementing the Association Agreement with the EU, which the Republic of Moldova's Government has in view. Minister Lazar Comanescu added that the progress on this matters are directly relevant for meeting, in the coming period, the requirements for transferring the first tranche of the 150-million-euro loan offered by Romania," MAE adds.

The Chisinau official also had talks with Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Daniel Ionita, with whom he agreed on the opportuneness to intensify the contacts on the two countries' all administration levels.

"Daniel Ionita underscored the constant and substantial diplomatic support of Romania for the European bid of the neighbouring country and proposed to coordinate the initiatives of the two sides, to ensure enhanced visibility on the European agenda to the Republic of Moldova topic. In respect to the concrete cooperation, Secretary of State Daniel Ionita evoked the substantial, long-term commitment of the Romanian state to support the overall development of the Republic of Moldova and its concrete connection to Romania and the EU," the release also reads.

During the talks on a deputy foreign minister level, the officials also approached topics related to the regional situation, the security environment corresponding to the Republic of Moldova and the Transnistrian file.

"Secretary of State Daniel Ionita underscored the need for a soon resumption, without pre-conditions, of the negotiation process in the "5+2" format, devoted to the political regulation of the Transnistrian issue," MAE adds.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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