Head of State: Israel Would be Interested in Investing in High TechnologyDiplomacy | March 20, 2018, Tuesday // 16:11| views
''Israel as a leading state in hi-tech would have an interest in investing in Bulgaria's potential in these areas'', President Rumen Radev said today at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, at Jerusalem's Presidential Palace.
Radev added that our country is becoming more and more a center for information and communication technologies, research in Southeastern Europe.
''The friendship between our peoples has been proved most definitively in the difficult years of the Second World War'', the Bulgarian President said.
He pointed out that he is proud that the Bulgarians had done the unprecedented act of saving their Jews and had not allowed any of them to go to the death camps. ''In this way we recorded one of the brightest pages not only in ours, but also in European history'', Rumen Radev noted.
The Head of State also added that thanks to the consistent efforts of several generations today, the State of Israel has effective institutions, democracy and developed civil society.
In his words, the State of Israel today is a progressive model for social development whose success lies in the public's commitment to citizens, the quality of education, decent pay, investments in the economy and sectors where science is a guarantor of high added value. That is why Bulgaria is open to continue our cooperation, investment exchange, scientific, economic, trade exchange, the Bulgarian president noted.
President Rumen Radev is on an official visit to the State of Israel at the invitation of President Reuven Rivlin. The visit of the Bulgarian head of state is in the context of the 75th anniversary of the salvation of Bulgarian Jews and the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.
The Bulgarian head of state will be welcomed by his Israeli counterpart in Jerusalem's presidential palace, where plenary talks will take place at the official delegations of Bulgaria and Israel. During his visit, Radev will also meet with the Speaker of the Knesset, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and Robert Singer, Vice President and CEO of the World Jewish Congress.
Rumen Radev's visit is a continuation of the political dialogue at the highest level between the two countries. Among the topics of the meetings of the Bulgarian Head of State will be opportunities to deepen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest, including in the areas of security, the fight against terrorism, the economy and investment.
Today, the president will also meet with representatives of the organizations of the Bulgarian Jews in the State of Israel.
During the visit, Rumen Radev will take part in a ceremony for the burning of the eternal fire in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in the Yad Vashem Memorial, and will lay a wreath to the graves of the victims of the Salvador ship on Herceles Hill.
President Radev will make a statement in the framework of the Sixth Global Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism. The international gathering brings together political leaders, public figures, clerics, diplomats, teachers, civil society representatives from around the world. The Forum discusses strategic measures to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of racial and ethnic hatred.
President Rumen Radev will also visit Palestine. During the official visit to Ramallah, the Bulgarian head of state will talk with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas. The two will discuss the prospects for the development of the bilateral Bulgarian-Palestinian relations. The deepening of political dialogue and cooperation in areas such as trade and economic contacts, education, science and culture will be the focus of the meeting.
The delegation headed by the Bulgarian Head of State is represented by MPs, representatives of Jewish organizations in Bulgaria, as well as business, employers and trade organizations.