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Joint Statements of Alternate Minister for European Affairs, G. Katrougkalos and Deputy Minister for Economy of Moldova, V. Iurcu, in the framework of the Bilateral Interministerial Committee meeting (Athens, 09.12.2016)
MR. G. KATROUGALOS: We have just completed, with the signing of this protocol, a very fruitful interministerial joint committee that has crystallized negotiations that have taken place in the past between two very friendly countries. As you know, our political and economic ties with the Republic of Moldova are very close, but there is still a lot of room for developing them further, especially at the economic level.
I had the opportunity to meet His Excellency and have a very fruitful discussion this morning. I had also the opportunity to have a meeting with my counterpart, the Minister for the European Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, and I have also expressed to her our firm support to the close association of the Republic of Moldova to the EU.
So it is really a pleasure to have the dignitaries of this friendly country with us. It is now an especially opportune moment for developing an extrovert presence in the neighbourhood and even further, exactly because it is the moment that Greece is getting out of the crisis.
So this meeting is not the apex, but only an important milestone for the further cooperation between the two countries. We are discussing now the preparation of the next meeting of this intergovernmental joint ministerial committee that is going to take place in Moldova next year. And of course we are planning my visit there.
With these thoughts, I am now going to give the floor to my counterpart of the Republic of Moldova.
MR. V. IURCU: Thank you very much, Your Excellencies. Once again, thank you very much for the support and the warm welcome at the Hellenic part provided to the Moldovan side. It’s true our two republics have long-term relations, long-term cooperation. We have a lot of cross-cultural activities, common activities and roots that go in the past, including our relations of Moldova with St. Athos; it’s one of the very important Orthodox places, important for us as well.
We do appreciate all the support that the Hellenic side provided to the Republic of Moldova, including the alignment of the Republic of Moldova to EU legislation and other activities.
We do believe that we have room for an improvement of our bilateral relations, and these meetings provide an excellent opportunity and milestone, as you mentioned, to further developing our not only bilateral economic relations but also in different fields.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Chișinău, and by that time I am sure we will have a quite significant progress in different fields that we mentioned in our bilateral protocol agreement.
Thank you very much once again. I am looking forward to seeing you in Moldova.