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Defense Ministers of Republic of Moldova and Romania Sign Two Cooperation Agreements in Bucharest

Chisinau, December 2, 2013 – Defense Ministers of the Republic of Moldova and Romania, Vitalie Marinuta and Mircea Dusa, signed today, in Bucharest, the Agreement on Safeguarding Classified Defense Information and the Cooperation Protocol on Military Education.

According to Minister Vitalie Marinuta, the signature of the two documents is very important for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova, for it is based on the modernization and reform process of the National Army.“ The Romanian experience in the national defense system reform, as well as the training of personnel according to modern standards, is very useful and necessary for us. Through this experience, we will manage both, to implement the reform and modernization projects of the army, of the national defense and security system and develop the interoperability with our partners”, Marinuta said.

The Moldovan Defense Minister mentioned that the importance of the partnership relations development, especially with Romania, increases even more, after the signature of the European Union Association Agreement in Vilnius. “I am convinced that we have all the capabilities to benefit from the possibilities given after the conclusion of the Agreement and to show to all the sceptics that the EU Association is to the advantage of the Republic of Moldova, from all points of view, including the military one”, Vitalie Marinuta pointed out.

Minister of National Defense of Romania, Mircea Dusa, said that the signature of Agreement on the mutual protection of the military classified information represents an important step in the development of the military bilateral relations, because it follows the Romanian legislation on safeguarding classified information.

Referring to the Protocol of Cooperation in the military education area, the ministers pointed out that the document includes new regulations of personnel training of the Moldovan Ministry’s of Defense personnel training in Romanian military educational institutions. Minister Mircea Dusa also said that Romania supports a more active engagement of the Republic of Moldova in the activities carried out under EU Common Security and Defense Policy, as part of the European integration process.

Minister of Defense of Republic of Moldova, Vitalie Marinuta, pays an official visit, within December 1-2, to Romania, at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart, Mircea Dusa. On the first day of the visit, December 1, Vitalie Marinuta attended a military parade, conducted by the Romanian authorities, on the Romanian National Day.

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