The solemn reception in Sofia

On September 21, 2022 the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Bulgaria organized a reception on the 31st anniversary of Moldova’s Independence and 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The event was held in one of the most luxurious places in Sofia – the 5-star hotel “Marinela”.

On the invitation of Moldovan Ambassador to Bulgaria, Anatol Cebuc, the event was attended by the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in Khmelnytsky, Mykola Skrypkovskyy.

The reception was attended by Bulgarian officials, members of the diplomatic corps, cultural figures, business people and Moldovan diaspora.

The celebrations began with Moldovan and Bulgarian national anthems.

Then Moldovan Ambassador to Bulgaria Anatol Cebuc gave a congratulatory speech to the guests. He thanked all those present for paying attention to one of the most important state holidays in Moldova. The ambassador recalled the difficult path Moldova had passed through, and at what price it had gained its independence. In his speech, Anatol Cebuc mentioned that 30 years passed today since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Moldova and Bulgaria and expressed his deep gratitude to all those who backed Moldova’s reforms and Euro-integration course and who work to develop and strengthen the Moldovan-Bulgarian cooperation in the political-military, economic, socio-cultural and other fields of inter-state relations.

The Ambassador also stressed the Moldovan government and  Moldovan people support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and do not agree with Russia’s violation of international law.

“Our hearts are with Ukraine today. Ukrainians can count on Moldova’s full assistance and support,” Anatol Cebuc added.

Honorary Consul Mykola Skrypkovskyy congratulated Mr. Ambassador on Moldova’s Independence Day and wished peace and prosperity to the Moldovan country. Also, Mr. Skrypkovskyy appreciated the kind words of support so important at a time of war. “We highly appreciate all the aid the Republic of Moldova has given to Ukraine. Strong friendship and reliable alliance of our states is the key to overcoming current and future challenges,” concluded Mr. Skrypkovskyy.

Mr. Skrypkovskyy also spoke with Ukrainian Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria Vitaliy Moskalenko, Romanian Embassy Military Attaché Colonel Vasile-Christian Onesimiuc and Moldovan Honorary Consul to Bulgaria Veselin Cipev. The discussions were focused on the ways to improve communication and increase efficiency of diplomatic institutions and perspectives of cooperation with the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Moldova in Khmelnytsky. The sides paid special attention to humanitarian aid and support for Ukrainian citizens, including those who were forced to leave their homes because of the war.

Ukrainian Ambassador Vitaliy Moskalenko invited Mykola Skrypkovskyy to visit the Ukrainian Embassy in Sofia.

Later Mr. Skrypkovskyy visited an exhibition of photographs dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Moldovan-Bulgarian diplomatic relations.

The solemn reception ended with a presentation-tasting of exquisite wines from the best Moldovan wineries.