Ministers Agree to Boost Bulgaria-Israel Security Cooperation
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman have highlighted security as an essential aspect of bilateral cooperation.
Liberman is on a visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of Yovchev from November 2013, according to the press office of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry.
Yovchev and Liberman discussed different aspects of bilateral cooperation at a working meeting at the Ministry of Interior headquarters in Sofia on Thursday.
The two ministers agreed on the strategic character of bilateral relations, including in the sphere of security and home affairs and took note of the upward trend in the development of active political dialogue between the two countries.
Yovchev and Liberman voiced expectations that the further development of the existing excellent political relations would be given a boost by the third joint sitting of the governments of Bulgaria and Israel to be held in 2014.
The two defined security as an exceptionally important aspect of bilateral cooperation between Bulgaria and Israel.
The two ministers agreed on the need for efficient international cooperation in counteracting terrorism and other threats to global and regional security.
Yovchev thanked Israel for the proactive cooperation in the investigation of the 2008 terror attack at the Sarafovo airport in Burgas.
"I am optimistic that we will track down the perpetrators of the terror attack," he declared.
During the meeting, the two ministers expressed readiness to work for the establishment of a regional response group to crises and emergency situations.
The two ministers also exchanged views on the situation in Syria and Ukraine.
Yovchev acquainted Liberman with the measures adopted by Bulgaria for coping with increased migratory pressure and an influx of refugees, adding that Bulgaria would seek Israel's support for addressing the problem.
Yovchev and Liberman also reached agreement on cooperation aimed at fighting xenophobia and antisemitism.
Libermann expressed gratitude for Bulgaria's preparedness and the personal commitment of Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev to secure the timely prevention and obstruction of different forms of antisemitism and xenophobia.
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