The Minister of Foreign Affairs from Chisinau, Nicu Popescu met with the ambassador of the Netherlands in Chisinau, Roelof van Ees, and Raja Jhinaoui Ben Ali, the Tunisian ambassador to the Republic of Moldova. The officials reside in Bucharest.
The meeting with the head of the Dutch diplomatic mission took place at the end of his mandate. Popescu mentioned that he wants to expand cooperation in economic diplomacy. The Foreign Minister from Chisinau also stated that our country supports the programs aimed at increasing trade volume.
“I thanked the Dutch diplomat for his contribution to the development of our bilateral relationship. The Republic of Moldova and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have close political-diplomatic relations and intense dialogue within regional and international organizations. We also referred to the intensification of Dutch trade and investment in our country’s economy. We wished Mr. Roelof van Ees new successes in his further diplomatic activity and expressed the hope that he will remain a close friend of our country”, declared Popescu.
The officials also discussed the opening in May of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chisinau. The Hague decision will intensify bilateral contacts and strengthen the partnership of the two states, including in the context of the European path of the Republic of Moldova.
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At the meeting with Raja Jhinaoui Ben Ali, the Republic of Moldova’s interest in advancing Moldovan-Tunisian relations to a new level in areas of mutual interest, such as political dialogue, commercial-economic cooperation, tourism, and people-to-people contacts, was reiterated.
They also talked about the possibility of opening an honorary consulate of the Republic of Moldova in Tunisia, but also the conclusion of a collaboration agreement between the Diplomatic Institute of the MAEIE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova) and a similar institution in Tunisia.
Ambassador Raja Jhinaoui Ben Ali assured that she is willing to continue to support Moldovan-Tunisian cooperation on various levels, including within international bodies and the International Organization of La Francophonie. At the same time, the diplomat invited Popescu to Tunisia.