During the Munich Security Conference over the past two days, the head of state held several meetings with counterparts, government officials, and leaders of international organizations.
President Maia Sandu spoke at the panel discussion "Beyond Alliance: Partnership for European Security", together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, and Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland. The head of state emphasized that the war in the neighboring country is seriously affecting us, even if, thanks to Ukraine which keeps the Russian army away from our borders, we currently have no military risks. The government in Chisinau is working to ensure order in the country and we want to enjoy the peace to continue our reforms.
The head of state said that for us today, there is no question of abandoning neutrality; on the other hand, neutrality does not mean that the defense sector should be neglected. Our country needs to strengthen its defense capabilities, including the ability to manage hybrid and cyber attacks, propaganda, and disinformation.
On Saturday, President Maia Sandu held talks with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Helga Maria Schmid. In this turbulent geopolitical environment, Moldova relies on OSCE support to maintain calm and stability in the Transnistrian region.
The Head of State also met other high-ranking European officials: the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, the Chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) faction in the German Bundestag, Alexander Dobrindt, and the Head of the German Federal Chancellery, Wolfgang Schmidt, whom she assured that the new government will continue the reforms initiated and accelerate the process of joining the EU. The President thanked her European partners for their support and confidence in our country.
On the sidelines of the event in Munich, the head of state also discussed with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly the reform agenda that the new government will pursue, with a focus on the justice sector, security, and law and order. Discussions also covered the situation in the Transnistrian region.