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Biden, Moldovan Officials Discuss Possible Chisinau Visit

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
WASHINGTON -- A Moldovan government minister says U.S. Vice President Joe Biden may make an official visit to Chisinau, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

Agriculture Minister Valeriu Cosarciuc, who is currently in Washington with Prime Minister Vlad Filat and other officials, told RFE/RL that a Biden visit to Moldova was discussed with Filat on January 20. He did not specify when such a visit may occur.

Cosarciuc said Moldova's new government was "well-received" by U.S. officials. Filat is due to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 22 and sign an agreement on U.S. financial assistance of $270 million to Moldova.

The four-party ruling coalition in Chisinau came to power after elections in July, replacing a Communist government that had ruled for eight years. It seeks greater integration with the European Union and a closer partnership with the United States.