Bulgaria, Greece Navy Heads Ink Memorandum of Understanding on Staff Exchange
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Commander of the Bulgarian Navy Rear Admiral Mitko Petev and Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff Vice Admiral Georgios Giakoumakis inked a memorandum of understanding on exchange of staff from the Bulgarian Naval Forces, who to participate in the operations conducted by the Hellenic Navy, Radio FOCUS reporter announced.
Vice Admiral Georgios Giakoumakis was officially welcomed at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy in the coastal city of Varna.
“Today we host a visit of Vice Admiral Georgios Giakoumakis, Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff. The visit is organised within the planned bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Greece. What is special about this visit is the finalisation of the work on the memorandum of understanding on exchange of staff. This way the Bulgarian officers will have the chance to take part in such operations,” said Rear Admiral Mitko Petev speaking after the signing of the document. He added that the operations would be both of NATO and the EU.
Rear Admiral Petev commented further that this cooperation was highly useful because it would provide additional knowledge, skills, and opportunities to enrich the experience of the Bulgarian navy officers.
“Migration pressure, the illegal human trafficking, smuggling, and terrorism are the newest and most serious threats we are facing together,” Vice Admiral Georgios Giakoumakis said on his part.
“I am happy to be invited in Bulgaria by my Bulgarian counterpart Rear Admiral Mitko Petev, who is also a good friend of mine. Following the meeting of the Bulgarian and Greek ministers of defence and the heads of the defence, we are here to enhance the cooperation even further and to outline concrete fields where to do it,” the Greek official commented further.
FOCUS News Agency