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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov spoke with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik
01 December 2017
The stable and sustainable development of the relations between Bulgaria and Turkey is a priority for the Bulgarian foreign policy. This was confirmed during the meeting between Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Omer Celik. It was stated that the relations between the two countries are based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect, and non-interference in internal affairs.
During the conversation, Boyko Borissov underlined that Turkey is Bulgaria's immediate neighbor, a NATO ally and an important partner in areas, such as migration, the fight against terrorism, energy, agriculture, and trade. “The active and constructive dialogue on various levels in the recent months has contributed to the creation of a positive atmosphere in the bilateral relations,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister.
Boyko Borissov and Omer Celik praised the efforts of both countries to tackle the migration flow, taking into account the positive effect of the EU-Turkey Agreement on migration, which has resulted in a real drop in the number of illegal migrants entering the EU.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister and the Turkish Minister also noted the intense economic cooperation between the two countries and agreed that there are even more opportunities for developing the bilateral ties in the energy sector and energy infrastructure, in investment, livestock, transport, and tourism.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, and presidents of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court presented their positions on the judicial reform to ambassadors of EU member-states and the United States.
After his visit to Vietnam, on the way to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski paid a short visit to the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, the Prime Minister met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov. Mr. Oresharski and Mr. Azimov discussed bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Uzbekistan , with a an emphasis on economic issues. The two discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Committee of the intergovernmental Commission and political consultations in June this year. Discussed was also the possibility the Bulgarian Prime Minister to visit Uzbekistan before the end of the year.
The repair of the road between Drenovets and Ruzhintsi will begin within a month. The Government has provided BGN 2.7 million to repair the railway overpass on Blvd Pannonia, the Minister of Regional Development says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev announced that he had sent a letter to European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in which he responds to her criticism regarding the refugee situation in Bulgaria
Dialogue is the only form of communication and the only way that leads to mutually acceptable solutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova following the meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Bulgaria supported Ukraine’s EU association but South Stream gas pipeline was important for us so that we did not depend on relations between third parties for the transit of gas
We will work to complete the 31 km highway section connecting the border and Sofia so that we could have a first class road between the two capitals, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Information
We have made our aware that Bulgaria needs to receive assistance immediately. Many lies were told about the Ministry of Interior Bill. Sofia Directorate of Interior was a subcontractor for a security company, which is not right, the Minister of Interior said.
It is logical that EC begins direct dialogue with the Russian side to clarify South Stream issues. Bulgarian immigration could not be of any concern for Great Britain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
It is possible to lose money due to financial corrections. It is important to identify those responsible for the errors in order to correct errors as soon as possible and protect national interests, said Minister of Environment and Water
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