Sofia, January 15 (BTA) - Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, who is paying an official visit here at the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart Daniel Mitov, conferred on Friday with President Rosen Plevneliev, Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva and Foreign Minister Mitov.
Bulgaria is ready to be Armenia's partner in deepening her relations with the European Union, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Friday during his meeting with Minister Edward Nalbandian, Plevneliev's Press Secretariat reported.
"We encourage Armenia's process of cooperation with the EU and hope that the negotiations of the framework agreement with the EU will conclude successfully," Plevneliev said. "We are working for a strong Europe, in which borders are lifted and not moved," the Bulgarian President added.
Plevneliev and Nalbandian outlined the perspectives for deepening bilateral relations. The well integrated Armenian diaspora in Bulgaria and the cultural similarities between the two peoples were noted as a prerequisite for broadening bilateral cooperation. Bilateral trade for the period between January and September of 2015 stood at close to 20 million US dollars, which is much less than the possibilities for trade and economic cooperation, President Plevneliev said. The two have listed the ICT sector, agriculture, food and pharmaceutical manufacturing as areas that have potential for deepening cooperation.