Romania supports democratic reforms in Moldova and closer integration with Europe after a pro-Western party won recent parliamentary elections.
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Friday said Bucharest was committed to helping Moldova carry out its new “ambitious reform program”.
President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Florin Citu “congratulate Moldova for the remarkable result obtained by pro-reform parties” in the elections, he told President Maia Sandu.
“The outcome … opens the way for Moldova to consolidate the rule of law, and political stability and prosperity,” he said on Twitter.
„Romania continues to support democratic reforms and Moldova’s European path,” he said during a visit to Chisinau.
“Romania is involved in projects that will bring development and prosperity in the medium and long term,” he said. Romania has invested in infrastructure and energy and the media.
Romania is already Moldova’s top trading partner and “Bucharest wants to increase economic investment in Moldova.”
Mr Aurescu also announced that Romania would donate a further 100,620 Covid-19 vaccines to Chisinau. So far, Bucharest has given its neighbor about 550,000 doses.
The minister said that Romania would donate 300,000 euros through the European Endowment for Democracy. The money will be used for projects that support civil society and an independent media.
The pro-Western PAS party comfortably won the July 11 snap parliamentary elections on a platform of fighting corruption and carrying out reforms.
Moldova was part of Romania until 1940 when it was annexed to the Soviet Union under the terms of a Nazi-Soviet pact. It declared independence in 1991 in the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union.