Defense Minister, Anatolie Nosatîi, held a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Guido Crosetto, during his official visit to Rome. The officials discussed topics related to bilateral military cooperation and the prospects of enhancing their partnership.
According to a statement, a significant aspect of the discussion between the two ministers focused on peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Lebanon, in which soldiers from both states participate, as well as Moldova’s objective to increase its contribution to international peace and security.
Additionally, Minister Anatolie Nosatîi briefed the Italian Defense Minister on the National Army’s modernization reforms, the strategic objectives of the institution—defending the state, supporting civilian authorities in crisis situations, and contributing to international security. In this context, Minister Anatolie Nosatîi thanked the Italian side for the logistical support to Moldovan peacekeepers in peacekeeping missions, as well as for the exchange of experience in the field of security and defense, military training in various specialties, and multidimensional assistance provided over the years.
During the official visit to Rome, Minister Nosatîi also met with the President of the Defense Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Antonio Minardo, and the President of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Senate, Ms. Stefania Craxi.
The discussions with the two diplomats addressed the close collaboration between the Republic of Moldova and Italy in various areas, including defense, democratic reforms in our country, and the European path of the Republic of Moldova, especially in the context of the European Commission recommending EU member states to start accession negotiations. Minister Nosatîi also expressed gratitude to the Italian authorities for their assistance within the Support Platform for Moldova.
Furthermore, the parties discussed efforts to strengthen the defense capabilities of our country with the help of the European Instrument for Peace and NATO programs for the Republic of Moldova, and exchanged views on the regional security situation.
Today, the Moldovan delegation also visited the NATO Defense College in Rome, where they met with the Commander of the institution, Lieutenant General Max A.L.T. Nielsen, and the teaching staff.
It is worth noting that Defense Minister Anatolie Nosatîi is on an official visit to Rome, Italy, from November 8-10, at the invitation of his counterpart, Guido Crosetto.
The collaboration between the Republic of Moldova and Italy in the field of defense dates back to 2006.