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President of Bulgaria visits Georgia after fifteen years

By Tatia Megeneishvili
Friday, June 19
President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev visited Georgia. According to President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili Bulgarian President has not visited Georgia for 15 years.

“Due to this fact this visit will give even more depth and emotion to our mutual relations. However, I would like to highlight that today the visit of the Bulgarian President is especially hopeful as we see that our friends always stand beside us,” stated Margvelashvili.

Margvelashvili thanked Bulgaria for the support to Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and for already a very strong position in supporting our European and Euro Atlantic integration and added that Bulgaria and Georgia are both countries of ancient culture that are linked with the mutual history of several centuries; in addition, Georgia and Bulgaria are both Black Sea nations that makes cooperation especially relevant in a regional context.

“Both Georgia and Bulgaria developed their own transport infrastructure; Bulgaria is the most significant hub of European transport processes and, like Georgia, it also develops its own capabilities strongly and naturally, and so in these contexts Georgian-Bulgarian transport relations within the cooperation of the Black Sea countries becomes really significant,” stated Margvelashvili.

Plevneliev also expressed his support to Georgia.

“Georgia continues its reform processes and we welcome it. However, it already has huge progress during last years and already proved that is trusty partner,” stated Plevneliev.

Plevneliev met and discussed ways to further Georgia’s relationship with Euro-Atlantic structures with Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

According to the Bulgarian President, compared to last year, Georgian exports to the European Union (EU) had increased by 18 percent, and stressed Bulgaria’s support to Georgia's Euro-Atlantic perspective and visa-free travel regime with EU.

After the conference Plevneliev visited the area that was destroyed by the natural disaster on June 13.

The Bulgarian President also attended the 12th international conference Georgia's European Way in Batumi, Georgia’s Black Sea coastal city.