Bilateral meeting between Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros and Turkish Ambassador Uygar Mustafa Sertel

Today, Februarie 28, 2024, Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros welcomed His Excellency Ambassador Uygar Mustafa Sertel of the Republic of Turkey to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a constructive discussion on enhancing bilateral cooperation in home affairs, particularly in security-related matters.

During the meeting, Minister Efros appreciated the longstanding partnership between Moldova and Turkey, emphasizing the latter’s vital role in the Black Sea region and in Moldova through its continued support for the stability, prosperity, and European integration of our country.

In the context of bilateral cooperation, Minister Efros highlighted Moldova’s assistance to Turkey in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes, including the deployment of a specialized Urban Search and Rescue team through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the humanitarian aid worth over 8 million MDL to support the affected communities in Turkey.

The official emphasized the importance of continuing cooperation in various areas, including training for rescuers and firefighters, information exchange on travel document security, managing migration and asylum issues, enhancing border security, and combating human trafficking.

„We are open to advance negotiations on a governmental agreement in the field of migration and to collaborate with the TIKA Agency on projects on renovation of police sectors, donations of equipment for documenting traffic offences and improving police capacity and to establish a partnership with Turkey in risk analysis, drawing upon Turkey’s successful experience in this area”, the Minister added. Finally, Minister Efros acknowledged Turkey’s donation of equipment to the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and commended the efforts of investigative officers from both countries in joint operations against criminal activities, reaffirming Moldova’s commitment to further strengthening ties with Turkey.