Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu will be travelling to Chisinau today after the President and the Government of Romania announced they would be providing support to the Republic of Moldova in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic with the dispatch of a medical team and medical equipment and drugs, as announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team of doctors will work in hospitals in the Republic of Moldova and will participate in the treatment of patients infected with the novel coronavirus.
On the occasion of his visit, the Foreign Minister will also have a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Oleg Ţulea, and will be received by the Prime Minister of Moldova Ion Chicu. He will also have a series of other contacts with representatives of the Moldovan political scene. During his visit, Aurescu will be stressing the need for the Moldovan authorities to continue the reforms necessary for the country’s democratic development and to advance the European course, and for Romania to continue its work by focusing on respecting the legitimate interests and expectations of the people. The Minister will also reaffirm Romania’s firm commitment to support the “irreversible European path of the Republic of Moldova, based on the bilateral strategic partnership strategy for the European integration of the country signed ten years ago, on the 27th of April 2010, which can safeguard the economic and social development of the Republic of Moldova for the direct benefit of its citizens”.
Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and other members of the government visited Iași, where a group of 42 doctors and nurses boarded this morning for an official trip to the Republic of Moldova, in the context of supporting the country’s medical staff in the fight against Covid-19. On this occasion, Prime Minister Orban announced that the Government would be approving today the funds required for donations of medical equipment for the Republic of Moldova. “Thank you very much for your efforts. I want you to know that you have my appreciation and respect for the fact that you are participating in this brotherly humanitarian mission for our brothers on the other side of Prut, who have found themselves in a difficult situation. Thank you for agreeing to support them and to basically use all your experience, talent and energy to treat them. Represent Romania with honor and do something extremely beneficial for Romania and Bessarabia. I wish you good luck! I wish you the opportunity to do good to our brothers and through this mission to show that we are closer to each other”, Orban said addressing the Press representatives that were heading on the mission.
At the same time, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to announce that today, during the government meeting, a significant financial amount would be approved for a donation to the Republic of Moldova which would comprise materials, equipment, medicines, medical preparations, which are necessary to combat the pandemic of coronavirus. “The package will include about 500,000 FFP2 and FFP3 masks, 50,000 protective work uniforms and medications needed by COVID-19 patients. Afterwards, you will receive substantial help for people in need in the Republic of Moldova”, he added.
Prime Minister Orban was escorted to Emergency Response HQs in Iași by Minister of National Defense Nicolae Ciuca, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raed Arafat. /ibna