Bulgaria's Top Diplomat Praises Iraq Govt in Baghdad

Diplomacy | March 14, 2011, Monday // 17:07|  views

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mladenov (left) pictured with US Ambassador in Sofia James Warlick. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has commended the efforts of Iraq's government to stabilize the country politically and economically.

Mladenov met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday.

"I want to pay my respects to the victims of terrorism and to state clearly that the efforts of the Iraqi government are bearing fruit," Mladenov told al-Maliki, according to the Foreign Ministry press service.

Bulgaria's top diplomat has further stated that Iraqi is advancing confidently on the road to democracy, and Bulgaria is ready to provide its expertise for reforms in the Arab country.

The Iraqi government has expressed a desire to buy electricity from Bulgaria and to restore the cooperation that Bulgaria and Iraq used to have in agriculture and irrigation.

Nikolay Mladenov has responded that he will facilitate a visit to Iraq by Bulgarian Economy Minister Traicho Traikov and Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

Iraq's Deputy PM Hussein Shahristani has declared that Iraq is ready to send a delegation to Bulgaria right away with respect to energy and agriculture cooperation.

Mladenov said he hoped Bulgaria can open an embassy in Baghdad as soon as possible, and that he was highly optimistic about Bulgaria's relation with Iraq.

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Tags: Iraq, Baghdad, Nikolay Mladenov, Foreign Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, energy, agriculture, irrigation, electricity, Hussein Shahristani, Traicho Traikov, Miroslav Naydenov


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