Recently, India and Moldova signed an agreement on visa waiver for diplomatic and official passports of either country to travel to the other, without a visa. 

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  • The agreement was signed in New Delhi by the Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and Moldovan Ambassador to India.
  • The MEA affirmed that this agreement will enhance the already warm and friendly relations between India and Moldova, established since their diplomatic ties in 1992.

About the Republic of Moldova:                                              

  • Capital City: Chișinău
  • Located in Eastern Europe.                                                    
  • Moldova is a landlocked nation located in the northeastern part of the Balkans. 
  • Moldova shares its borders with Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
  • On Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, lies the unrecognized breakaway state of Transdniestria, situated across the Dniester River. 

About India-Moldova Relations:

  • India recognized Moldova on December 28, 1991, and diplomatic relations were established on March 20, 1992. 
  • India-Moldova relations are friendly and cordial on matters of mutual interest at multilateral fora. 
  • In April 2023, Moldova has decided to open its Embassy in India. 
  • At the onset of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Moldova assisted India in rescuing Indian students.
  • The Bilateral trade between India and Moldova stands at $15.89 million (2022-2023).
  • India exports pharmaceuticals, plastic-coated fabrics, textiles, ceramic tiles, etc to Moldova, while importing edible oil seeds, fruits, grains, cyclic alcohols, etc.
  • In 2023, India gave USD 1 million under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for the development of the register-based statistical system in Moldova under the supervision of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • The Indian community in Moldova numbers around 900, out of which about 850 are medical students.

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