Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva Spoke in Warsaw with Polish Counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz
"The Bulgarians have centuries old relationship with you Poles, whom we consider to be true and sincere friends" - with these words, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva turned to her Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz. Bulgaria's first diplomat is in Warsaw on a one-day official visit, the MFA said.
"Jacek, your first foreign visit as Minister of Foreign Affairs a little over a year ago was exactly in Bulgaria. Key events occurred at that time. We held our first Presidency of the Council of the EU, and you celebrated 100 years of restoring your independence. In 1918, Bulgaria was one of the first countries in the world to recognize independent Poland and to begin its diplomatic relations with it, "Zaharieva said." You understand that a meeting between friends with centuries-old history in their relations is on a solid basis " she pointed out.
Ministers found excellent levels of trade, which reached 1.7 million euros, as well as the fact that in the European Union Poland has the leading number of students studying Bulgarian - our language is taught in seven universities.
In the first nine months of 2018, 396,682 Poles visited Bulgaria. This is more than Polish tourists in Bulgaria for the whole of 2017.
An expression of these age-old ties and upward economic trends is the fact that in 2019 Bulgaria will open its fifth honorary consulate in Poland - in Krakow. It is the city that connects Bulgaria and Poland through the name of Vladislav Varnenchik.
"Bulgaria is a friend and an important partner in the EU and NATO. We are glad that you are also part of the Berlin Process because you have great authority and influence on the Western Balkans. Congratulations on your presidency and your persuasion, I hope this year to start negotiations with Albania and the Republic of Northern Macedonia to join the EU, "said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
"It is important to have concrete results with regard to the Western Balkans and I welcome that your initiatives within your household at the Berlin Summit are focused on specific topics such as youth and connectivity. Infrastructure in the region is far behind. It is also important to implement all concrete measures of the Sofia agenda adopted by the EU leaders at the end of the Bulgarian Presidency, "said Ekaterina Zaharieva.
The two ministers also discussed the Eastern Partnership, the current developments on Brexit and the protection of the rights of Poles and Bulgarians in the United Kingdom, the modernization of our armed forces. Poland also expressed support for Bulgaria's bid in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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