The Moldova flag was raised alongside Israel’s flag in front of Mayor Eli Shaviro’s office, adorning the festive atmosphere.
Alexei Golovi, a member of the Ariel Municipal Council who was instrumental in bringing the two cities together, and Alex Miller, Member of Knesset and Ariel resident, were present at the signing of the twin city agreement. Deputy Mayor Yechiel Tohami and Deputy Mayor Pavel Polav, who also served as an interpreter, joined the event, along with a broad base of Ariel’s municipal department directors.
Ariel’s distinguished guest, Mayor Georgii Ormanjee, spoke fondly of Ceadîr-Lunga and of his great esteem for the Jews who resided in his city. He made special note of the Jewish doctors in the community, whose personas contributed significantly to his development as a surgeon.
The guests toured the City of Ariel and the university. They were glowing with admiration. Ariel and Ceadîr-Lunga agreed on the establishment of a youth exchange program and on examining the potential and feasibility of economic cooperation.
MK Alex Miller praised the alliance, signed at a time when Prime Minister Netanyahu was addressing the United Nations about Israel’s role within the global community. Miller noted that the chairman of his party, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, was born in Moldova, and that he would be pleased to hear of the twin city agreement upon his return from the UN delegation.
The Ariel – Ceadîr-Lunga alliance is Ariel’s third twin city agreement, following Mobile, Alabama, USA and Heredia, Costa Rica.
At the current rate, it seems that more Ariel twin city relationships are on the horizon.