The OSCE president, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde made an official visit to Moldova on February 17 and had a meeting with president Maia Sandu.
Maia Sandu mentions in a post on Facebook that she discussed with Minister Linde the issues concerning the Transnistrian problem, but also the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the people living there.
“In the first part of the discussion we referred, in particular, to current issues concerning the Transnistrian problem – ensuring the fundamental human rights and freedoms of people, including the right to free movement; the pandemic situation in the region; relaunching the negotiation process; the need to monitor the daily problems faced by people. We underlined our determination to find exclusively peaceful ways to bring the two banks closer because the inhabitants of the left bank of the Dniester are full citizens of Moldova,” noted Maia Sandu.
President Sandu says that they discussed also bilateral cooperation between Sweden and Moldova.
“We paid special attention to bilateral cooperation, Sweden being, for many years, one of the biggest supporters of Moldova in Europe, but also one of the biggest donors of our country. We briefed our Swedish partners on the actions we will take to clean up the justice sector and fight corruption, the domestic political situation, and our future priorities. Among them, we mentioned education, environment, and climate change, reform of public institutions, etc. We thanked Sweden for the financial and political support provided to Moldova over time, but also within the Eastern Partnership. We agreed to contribute to the new External Assistance Strategy of Sweden for our region for the years 2021-2027 – a strategy currently being developed by the Government of Stockholm which will benefit Moldova,” Maia Sandu wrote.