9 june 2012,

Prime Minister Vlad Filat today met a group of participants in the Limmud FSU conference, held for the first time ever in Chisinau, the government’s communication and press relations department has reported.

The delegation was led by Matthew Bronfman, the chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the Limmud FSU, business man and owner of the Israel IKEA and Israel Discount Bank companies and member of the well-known Bronfman family, which provides financial support to Israel and to Jewish people all over the world. The businessman was accompanied by the founder of the Limmud FSU, Chaim Chesler, the councillor of the Israeli President, Zoram Dori and deputy secretary general of the World Jewesh Congress, Maram Stern. Attending the meeting were also Moldovan business people Alexandr Pincevsky and Alexandr Bilinkis, the latter being also the leader of the Jewish community in Moldova.

At the beginning of the meeting, Matthew Bronfman said that on the sidelines of his visit he went to the native villages of his grandparents, Otaci and Soroca, in northern Moldova.

Matthew Bronfman advocated the development of the economic ties with Moldova, expressing willingness to launch investment projects in Moldova, in different fields.

For his part, Zoram Dori expressed gratitude to the Moldovan authorities on behalf of the Israeli President Shimon Peres, for their support and solidarity displayed in the relations with Israel within the international cooperation.

“Shimon Peres expressed his regret over the fact that he did not manage to meet you during your visit to Israeli, as he was recovering after a surgery. At the same time, he conveyed you the sincerest greetings and reiterated Israeli’s willingness to boost the bilateral cooperation and to back Moldova on its multilateral development path,” the official said.

Prime Minister Vlad Filat highlighted the need to deepen the Moldovan-Israeli relations and expressed hope that his visit to Israel and along with other events organized in this respect will step up the bilateral cooperation and the mutual support on the international arena.

“For twenty years now, since the establishment of the diplomatic ties between Moldova and Israel, the relations between our countries have been based on friendship and cooperation principles. The time is ripe to shift to a new stage in the bilateral relations, a pragmatic one, which would be based on the fosterage of the collaboration and namely, on the economic field,” Filat said.

The prime minister advocated the promotion of investments and new joint projects with the Israeli partners, noting that may public-private partnerships in different fields, such as infrastructure, energy, informational technologies, health and education, are to be launched.

The prime minister also said that the Moldovan government is open for cooperation, expressing hope that the participants in the Limmud FSU would display interest in the continuation of the relations established within the framework of this event.

The Limmud FSU conference, held in Chisinau on 7-10 June brought together over 400 Jewish youths from Moldova, Ukraine and other states. The Limmud FSU conference is an educational festival comprising of different lectures, workshops, concerts and cultural manifestations.