Update: President Klaus Iohannis begins two-day visit to Bulgaria, pleads for comprehensive bilateral partnership

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President Klaus Iohannis has started a two-day visit to Bulgaria on Wednesday, the first visit to the neighbouring country.

Iohannis was received by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. The closed-doors meeting aimed at discussing options to boost bilateral trade and challenges ahead of the EU and NATO partnership of Sofia and Bucharest, the Bulgarian presidency press office says, according to novinite.com.

Meetings with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva are also on the Romanian President’s schedule.

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the negotiations for the completion of the boundary delineation of maritime areas in the Black Sea need to be intensified, pointing out that Romania wants a solution that complies with the method established by international courts’ jurisprudence.

“We agreed that we need to strengthen negotiations for the completion of the delineation of maritime areas in the Black Sea. Romania wants a solution corresponding to the method established by the jurisprudence of international courts,” the Romanian head of state told a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev, Agerpres informs.

In respect to the Romanian community of Bulgaria, Iohannis pointed out that its rights must be protected and promoted.

President Iohannis also pointed out that he talked with his Bulgarian counterpart about rising the bilateral relation to the level of comprehensive partnership.

A Bulgarian-Romanian business forum was also due later on Wednesday to be opened by the two heads of state.

The second day of the visit will include a trip to the northern Bulgarian city of Pleven, where Iohannis will pay homage to the Romanian soldiers who perished in the battles of the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-1878 (which ended with the liberation of Bulgaria and Romania from Ottoman rule).

He will later inspect construction works for the Bulgaria-Romania gas link crossing the Danube River.

Bulgarian President Plevneliev was the first head of state to visit Iohannis after he was sworn in early last year.


Photo: presidency.ro

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