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Valeriu Troenco Meets with British Ambassador, Philip Batson

Chisinau, June 10, 2014 — Defense Minister, Valeriu Troenco, met with the ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Republic of Moldova, Philip David Batson. The event was attended by Col. Igor Gorgan and the UK defense attaché accredited to the Republic of Moldova, based in Kiev, Col. Jeremy Burnell.

The officials discussed major issues on the military cooperation agenda, including identification of cooperation perspectives in the expertise and linguistics training area.

The Minister of Defense appreciated the assistance provided by the UK in the modernization of the National Army, including the development and implementation of the Strategic Defense Review by the British experts, implementation of reforms and other documents related to the improvement and modernization of the defense state institution, as well as the Moldovan officers’ training within the courses conducted by the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Ambassador Batson underlined that Republic of Moldova can count on his country’s support in achieving the European integration goals. The official stated that the United Kingdom will keep supporting the defense reform and the implementation of strategic documents developed by the Ministry of Defense.

The discussions also focused on the participation of Republic of Moldova in international missions, such as the KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, that proves the change of the role of our country into a global security provider.

The Moldovan-British cooperation in defense area started in 1999.

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