During his official visit to Brussels, Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and signed an agreement on the establishment of the NATO Liaison Office in Moldovan capital, Chisinau.
“I am sure that the opening of this office will help promoting co-operation with the Alliance through the implementation of existing initiatives, informing about NATO programs and some new projects implemented with the support of the Alliance,” said Pavel Filip.
During the event, Moldovan prime minister confirmed that his country is interested in strengthening the political dialogue and practical cooperation with NATO in support of the Partnership for Peace and on the basis of the principle of constitutional neutrality of the Republic of Moldova.
“The objectives of this cooperation are reflected in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which our country has been implementing since 2006,” said the prime minister.
Philip recognized the support that Moldova received, and continues receiving from the NATO.
“I want to mention recent launch of three important projects for the Republic of Moldova in the framework of the Science for Peace and Security program. Completion of the project for disposal of large quantities of pesticides and chemical hazardous substances in the Republic of Moldova remains a priority in the bilateral agenda, the implementation of which will bring tangible benefits for public health and for the environment,” said the prime minister.
In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO Liaison Office is a civil organization, not military, and the North Atlantic Alliance respects the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
“We are committed to cooperation with the Republic of Moldova. The stability and prosperity of Moldova are important for NATO,” said the Secretary General.
The opening of the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau could take place in spring 2017.