Ukraine replaced Moldova as the leader in GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development. The press service of Moldova's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and European Integration reported this on late Thursday.
Foreign ministers of the four member countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova) held a session in Milan, where the ceremony took place.
'I'm convinced that the tradition within the GUAM frameworks, which aims to work based on consensus, will let the member countries continue a fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation on both the regional and the international level', said Tudor Ulianovsky, Moldovan Foreign Minister.
He also wished the Ukrainian delegation good luck and expressed hope that the organization's members would deepen the economic and humanitarian cooperation.
GUAM's charter was signed during a summit in Yalta (Crimea) in June 2001 by the four current members and Uzbekistan, which later withdrew. The charter set objectives for cooperation, such as promoting democratic values, ensuring stable development, enhancing international and regional security and stepping up European integration.