MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) - Belarus is interested in developing bilateral relations with Moldova, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Belarus Victor Sorocean on 22 September, BelTA has learned.
The parties discussed inter-parliamentary cooperation and the development of bilateral relations between Belarus and Moldova. “Unfortunately, today's meeting is associated with the completion of the diplomatic mission of Victor Sorocean in Belarus. I would like to say a sincere thank you for your work. You have done a lot to strengthen ties in almost all areas of activity over five years of your mission as ambassador,” Vladimir Andreichenko said addressing Victor Sorocean. “Over the years mutual trade has exceeded $200 million. The two countries have considerably improved interregional ties. Our people know you in all regions of the country. You have made a great contribution to strengthening contacts between the presidents and governments of our countries and international organizations,” he added.
The speaker pointed out that despite the pandemic Victor Sorocean organized a visit of the Moldovan parliamentary delegation to Belarus this year. “It is important that we signed a joint statement on cooperation between the National Assembly of Belarus and the Parliament of Moldova. I am confident that the document will work for the development of interaction between our countries, and most importantly, for the benefit of our people,” the speaker of the House of Representatives said.
Vladimir Andreichenko also mentioned that a monument to Moldovan soldier, Hero of the Soviet Union Ion Soltys was unveiled in Minsk on 6 May. The bronze bust was installed at the intersection of Vaupshasova Street and Soltys Street at the initiative of the Moldovan diaspora and with the support of the Embassy of Moldova in Belarus. “This once again shows that we share the victory in the Great Patriotic War and together worked for the restoration of the countries in the postwar period. It is important for our bilateral relations to continue developing. We are interested in them and will do everything to improve them,” he stressed.
In turn, Viktor Sorocean thanked Belarus for the appreciation of his work and warm welcome. “Our countries should stay together. We have more than 90 enterprises with joint capital. There are successful assembly factories of Belarusian trolleybuses and tractors in Moldova. I see cooperation as the main driver behind the development of trade and economic relations between the two countries. These are long-term projects which will be in place for many years,” he stated.
The ambassador added that the countries are connected not only by economic relations but also by common historical memory. “I am grateful for the assistance provided in the collection of soil from the burial places of Moldovan soldiers. According to official data provided by the National Archives of Belarus, 80 Moldovans are buried here. We made two capsules with soil: one was given to Chisinau, and the other was laid in the Memorial Church of All Saints ahead of Victory Day,” he said.
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