Republic of Moldova – North Carolina – 20 Years of Partnership
CHISINAU, May 17, 2019 — General State Secretary, Radu Burduja, attended the meeting of the Bilateral Cooperation Committee Republic of Moldova — North Carolina that has been organized in Chisinau.
The event organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration has been attended by representatives of the Government, North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine F. Marshall, and officials from the US Embassy.
During the event, Radu Burduja referred to the importance of the partnership between the Republic of Moldova and the state of North Carolina for the defense sector.
In this regard, the General State Secretary highlighted the results obtained by the soldiers of the National Army and of North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) since 1999, thus contributing to the Moldovan soldiers’ training and the defense institution’s reformation.
“In the last years, the National Army has benefited from an excellent Training Program, which allowed our military personnel to take part in joint, multinational and combined exercises. More than 1,000 Moldovan soldiers had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the best practices and operational procedures of NCNG, thus achieving a very good level of interoperability not only with NCNG, but also with Euro-Atlantic allies and partners,” said Radu Burduja.
The partnership between the Republic of Moldova and North Carolina started on April 22, 1999, by signing the Bilateral Memorandum of Intent aiming to facilitate the cooperation in the economic, cultural, scientific, academic exchanges, defense and civil protection sectors and the coordination of humanitarian efforts of governmental institutions and NGOs.
The National Army of the Republic of Moldova and North Carolina National Guard signed a Memorandum of Agreement on establishment of Partner Units between the two defense institutions, on May 3, 2013. The document aims to consolidate the relations between the National Army and US Army service members and to promote cooperation between the military units of the two states.