Bulgarian FM: Relations With Romania Are of Top Priority

Diplomacy | August 22, 2013, Thursday // 19:21|  views

Photo by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean exchanged views on regional issues and outlined possible areas of co-operation in a meeting Thursday in Romania's capital Bucharest.

The two ministers discussed immediate steps to better co-ordinate and strengthen the overall co-operation between Bulgaria and Romania on the grounds of their common views for the Balkan countries' future development.

"Bulgaria and Romania, as neighbouring countries and, at the same time, members of the EU and NATO, share common values ??and have common interests. This is an excellent prerequisite for deepening, on a pragmatic basis, relations both bilaterally and in the regional and the European context," said Vigenin, according to a release by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Expressing willingness to sign specific agreements on the development of sectoral partnerships, the two ministers discussed on implementation of joint infrastructure projects, on the preservation of the identity of the Bulgarian and Romanian communities abroad, and on finding a definitive solution to the issue of ensuring Bulgarian-language worship in the St. Prophet Elijah church in Bucharest.

Among the infrastructure projects, Kristian Vigenin pointed out as a priority for Bulgaria the new bridges over the Danube at Silistra-Calarasi and Oryahovo-Bechet as well as the implementation of Danube hydropower complexes at Nikopol-Turnu Magurele and Silistra-Calarasi.

Moreover, preparations for the second joint sitting of the governments of the two countries, which is to be held in September 2013 in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna, were discussed during the Thursday visit.

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Tags: Kristian Vigenin, Titus Corlatean, Romania, Romanian, Bucharest, danube, Nikopol, Silistra, Turnu Magurele, Calarasi, Bechet, EU, NATO


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