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25 Years of Diplomatic Relations of the Republic of Moldova with the Swiss Confederation

The Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the Swiss Confederation welcomes on the 2nd September 2017 the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Moldova and the Swiss Confederation.

On the occasion of this anniversary, an exchange of congratulation messages took place between the President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Igor DODON and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mrs. Doris LEUTHARD, as well as between the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Mr. Andrei GALBUR and the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Didier BURKHALTER.

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Igor DODON stated that throughout the years there was established an active political dialogue and initiated dynamic cooperation in diverse areas, with the Swiss Confederation becoming a reliable friend and an important partner in the development process of the Republic of Moldova. The President expressed his gratitude for the support and valuable contributions of the Swiss Confederation to the modernization process of the Republic of Moldova, particularly for the substantial technical assistance offered through the Swiss Cooperation Office in Moldova. His Excellency assured that the Republic of Moldova will remain firmly engaged in the consolidation of the Moldovan-Swiss dialogue and in the bolstering of bilateral relations for the benefit of both States.

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mrs. Doris LEUTHARD mentioned in her message that the Swiss Confederation’s decision to double the budget for the technical cooperation in Moldova for the period 2014 – 2017 proves Switzerland’s continued and increased commitment to the Republic of Moldova. Her Excellency welcomes the constructive cooperation and success in the Swiss-led constituency within the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, expressing her purpose of continuing to ensure fruitful cooperation in the path towards long-term stability.

In his letter, the Moldovan head of diplomacy, Mr. Andrei GALBUR reflected upon the positive dynamics in the development of the bilateral dialogue and in the framework of international organizations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration expressed gratitude for the Swiss Confederation’s significant aid in implementing structural reforms and supporting the Republic of Moldova’s efforts to align with European standards through technical assistance provided in areas such as water and sanitation, health, migration, development, and gender equality.

His Excellency pointed out that this anniversary provides not only an occasion to celebrate a quarter-century of cooperation, but also an opportunity to galvanize bilateral relations between the two States, reaffirming the commitment of the Republic of Moldova to further advance and extend the Moldovan-Swiss partnership in various areas of mutual interest for the benefit of their people.

In his message, the Head of the Swiss diplomacy, Mr. Didier BURKHALTER stated that he is convinced that fruitful cooperation between the two States will continue within the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Republic of Moldova 2018 – 2021, which the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is developing at the moment. His Excellency gave his assurances that the Swiss Confederation will continue being a firm and faithful partner to assist Moldova’s reform processes, while the two countries maintaining open and sincere dialogue, strengthening their close bonds of friendship.