The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenski, made press statements on Friday, August 27th, at the ceremony dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the independence of Moldova.
President Maia Sandu thanked the three Heads of State for participating in the ceremony dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the independence of Moldova.
“Today we celebrate 30 years of independence of Moldova and I have a great pleasure to host three heads of state and a prime minister. Thank you for honoring us with your presence, welcome to Chișinău to celebrate the independence of Moldova. (…) We will continue to work and to achieve the desired results we rely on the support of international partners. We want to develop close friendships based on trust and mutual respect. (…) As an independent country, it is important that we are also present in support of our partners. (…) We will participate constructively in international dialogues,” said President Sandu.
Klaus Iohannis mentioned that Romania will continue to support Moldova in the European course.
“I am in Chișinău to reconfirm Romania’s support in the European course of Moldova. We have made efforts for the development of Moldova. This is the first visit I am making to Chișinău after the early parliamentary elections. I would like to address on this occasion the President and the pro-reform political force. I congratulate the citizens of Moldova for the democratic spirit. I am confident that the efforts of Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița will benefit the citizens of Moldova. (…) We are at a favorable time for bilateral relations. The Romanian state has acted energetically and amplified the support for Moldova. Romania is ready to provide support to Moldova in the processes of transformation, modernization, and implementation of the reforms,” said the President of Romania.
In this context, Andrzej Duda also stated that Poland supports the aspirations of Moldova to join the European Union.
“We are neighbors with Ukraine, Ukraine with Moldova the Republic of Moldova with Romania, I am glad that we can discuss the development of reforms that will bring Moldova closer to the European Union. We have declared that we are supporters of the open door policy in the European Union. We support Moldova and the aspirations of the Moldovan Government. The election results show that this country has returned to the European path,” said the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
“Our countries mark 30 years of independence, in this sense, I wish you and your citizens’ resistance and strength. I wish you peace on your land. I am grateful for Poland’s support,” said the President of Ukraine.
President Sandu addressed a speech in front of the people in the Great National Assembly Square:
“People have bravely embraced the chance to claim their national freedom. We stepped on the path to independence full of enthusiasm. (…) We lacked the experience of good governance, and most of all we lacked unity. The lack of vision and unity brought us corrupt governments that took care of their own pockets. Hit by poverty, Moldovans began to leave, the country almost emptied. This is the bitter price we pay for our mistakes. Therefore, the main goal we have today is for people to choose to live in Moldova. United and with responsible governance we will succeed. (…) Moldova has remained a democratic country. Moldovans rejected dictatorship. (…) Independence means the ability to have friends. I appreciate the gesture of friendship of the President of Poland, Romania, and Ukraine,” said President Sandu.
The EU delegation noted that “these 30 years of independence have shown that being independent does not mean being alone.” In this context, the representatives stated that “the European Union has pursued all these 30 years with optimism and confidence in the future of Moldova as a partner and friendly state.”
“Congratulations to Moldova on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of sovereignty! The European Union has been with Moldova all this time, close to the wishes and needs of the people. The future is in the hands of the Moldovan citizens. Whether they are at home or abroad, they all share the challenges of the present and the hope for a better life; and work together to enjoy a beautiful, unique, prosperous, and welcoming country. These 30 years have shown that being independent does not mean being alone. An independent country can confidently pursue development and prosperity with its partners. The European Union has watched all these 30 years with optimism and confidence in the future of Moldova as a partner and friendly state,” is shown in the message sent by the EU Delegation in Chișinău.
The Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîțu congratulated Moldova and claimed that he will continue to consolidate the assistance projects and the bilateral cooperation agenda.
“We have assured President Maia Sandu that we stand by and support the deepening of reforms, the consolidation of the rule of law, and the European course of Moldova,” said Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîtu on the occasion of its 30th anniversary of the Independence of Moldova.
“Just yesterday we established a new aid for Moldova in the fight against COVID: we are sending 100,000 rapid antigen tests. I congratulate Moldova and its citizens on the occasion of their national holiday, and I look forward to the joint meeting of the Government in Chișinău,” said Florin Cîțu in a post on Facebook.
On August 27, Moldova marks Independence Day. On this day, in 1991, the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Moldova was adopted, which entered into force on the same day.