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Defense Attachés Accredited to Republic of Moldova Meet at the Ministry of Defense

Chisinau, December 10, 2014 — Defense Minister Valeriu Troenco and the National Army Command Corps met with the defense attachés accredited to Republic of Moldova.

Valeriu Troenco informed the defense officials about the most important achievements of the Ministry of Defense in 2014 and pointed out that these goals have been fulfilled due to the enhanced cooperation with the neighboring countries, regional partners, and personal involvement of defense attachés corps accredited to our country. “The neighborhood relations and strategic partnerships with Romania, Ukraine, United States, as well as with NATO and EU member states, have have been built within a wide variety of meetings held this year, that boosted the regional political-military dialogue, as well as promoted the country’s foreign policy in the defense area”, Minister Troenco said.

The Defense Minister said, this year, the Government of Moldova has set the goal to transform the country from a security consumer into a regional and international security provider through active engagement in the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Agenda, as well as participation in international stabilization and peacekeeping operations. “The deployment of two national contingents to KFOR Mission, in Kosovo, is a premiere for Republic of Moldova in its goal to maintain international peace and security”,“, Minister Troenco stated.

Valeriu Troenco also spoke about other missions the Moldovan servicemembers are currently participating in. “At present, 12 National Army soldiers are deployed to UN missions and operations in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, South Sudan, Kosovo.Two other officers are in the UN Department for Peacekeeping missions (DPKO) in New York, USA. In 2014, the number of National Army servicemembers in OSCE missions increased. Thus, one officer works within OSCE Office in Tajikistan, two are in Ukraine. Other two officers are currently at the Russian-Ukrainian border crossings Donetsk and Gukovo”, the Defense Minister noted.

Col. Dumitru Neacsu, the defense, air and military attaché of Romania to Republic of Moldova, thanked, on behalf of the defense attachés association, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and National Armyfor the provided support in familiarizing the members of the association with the National Army activity, for friendship and hospitality.. “All the work done fulfilled and justified the mission we are here for — to be representatives of our States and of the Minister of Defense, advocates of military diplomacy, as well as active contributors in enhancing our bilateral military cooperation”, Col. Neacsu said.

Valeriu Troenco awarded certificates of appreciation to Heads of the defense attachés’ offices of the diplomatic missions accredited to Republic of Moldova.

Currently, 28 military attachés are accredited to our country and the bilateral cooperation is highlighted in assistance and consultancy programs, as well as training opportunities for our Moldovan officers in military educational institutions abroad.

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