The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mihai Popșoi, took the oath of office. The ceremony took place this morning at the Presidential Palace, with the participation of the head of state, Maia Sandu, and Prime Minister Dorin Recean.
“I pledge to dedicate all my strength and knowledge to the prosperity of the Republic of Moldova, to respect the Constitution and laws of the country, to defend democracy, the fundamental rights and freedoms of man, the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Moldova,” sworn in Mihai Popșoi.
Maia Sandu stated that Mihai Popșoi has a solid academic background and has distinguished himself through intense activity in parliamentary diplomacy.
“He has significantly contributed to establishing and strengthening the relations of the Republic of Moldova with other states and international organizations. He is known to the development partners of the Republic of Moldova, has worked alongside other colleagues in the government to increase the confidence of partners in the Republic of Moldova, and I have full confidence that things will go well,” the president declared.
The objectives of foreign policy remain the same: Moldova to be firmly anchored in the free world, decisive steps to be taken on the path to European integration, and the representation of the interests of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens.
“We have a lot of work; we need to take important actions to start and complete the negotiations for accession to the European Union. Even though we have a separate institution that will deal with this process, the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains important, especially to continue collaborating with EU member states,” the head of state added.
Mihai Popșoi assumed the position of foreign minister following the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The position of Minister for European Affairs will be held by Cristina Gherasimov, who will also serve as the chief negotiator for the Republic of Moldova in the process of integration into the European Union. She is set to lead the Bureau for European Integration—a new entity to be established.