President Igor Dodon spoke out at the summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie
You may read below the main concepts of the speech:
“Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mrs. General Secretary,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have a great honor to speak at the 17th summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie, which takes place in Yerevan that these days is celebrating two thousand and eight hundred years since its foundation. I want to express my gratitude to the Armenian government for the excellent organization of the Summit.
I also want to express my sincere condolences to Armenia and France in connection with passing away of Charles Aznavour, the great ambassador of Francophonie and a great personality.
For the Republic of Moldova and for me personally, as for a French-speaking person, belonging to the great world-wide family of French-speaking countries is a matter of pride.
The Republic of Moldova is a traditionally French speaking country and society. Even in Soviet times, French was the first foreign language studied in the Moldovan schools. Today, French remains the number one foreign language in Moldova.
In our country, Francophonie is developing dynamically, being an integral part of the society. It contributes to promotion of modernization and sustainable development, strengthening of the rule of law, realization of fundamental rights and freedoms, linguistic and cultural diversity.
It was thanks to the fruitful cooperation with the International Organization of Francophonie that we were able to hold various events in Chisinau, including the 26th meeting of the European Regional Assembly at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie, the Conference “Academic Diplomacy”, the 8th Conference of the Association of Constitutional Courts of Francophonie.
I confirm the interest of our country in continuing to actively participate in the programs of the International Organization of Francophone and in sharing experience with the member countries in the fields of education, science, culture, economics, environment and information technology.
Moldovan society is unique in its bilingualism and even trilingualism, since the majority of our citizens are equally fluent in the Moldovan state language, Russian, French or English.
The greatest wealth of our country is its people, and our communicative qualities and cultural traditions, as well as our history make Moldova a country-bridge, a country for dialogue between civilizations.
This means that we can and want to become a platform for negotiations between the West and the East. This is our main strategy - we want to be friends with both Europe and the United States of America, and with Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. I am absolutely convinced that our idea is supported by our foreign partners.
Without any doubt, Moldova has its own national interests. For our country, cooperation in the framework of various integration projects is very important. We have free trade agreements with the European Union, CIS countries, as well as with Turkey and other countries.
This allows us to develop the national economy without being involved in any geopolitical games of one against the other. We are committed to a common Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok. This is the most important project for us.
Dear Mrs. General Secretary,
We support the Free Together Initiative and creation of the Francophonie Network to Prevent Radicalism and Extremism, which may lead to terrorism.
At the same time, we support promotion of a dialogue of cultures and respect for cultural diversity, which are especially important in educating the young generations.
Dear Mr. President,
In conclusion, I reaffirm commitment of the Republic of Moldova to the International Organization of Francophonie and express my desire to intensify cooperation with all the member countries and observers in order to confront the challenges we face.”
Date: 12:12 12/10/2018