CIA head assures Bulgaria of US support

CIA head assures Bulgaria of US support

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was going to do everything possible to continue its good co-operation with Bulgaria, CIA director Leon Panetta said after meeting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia on May 27 2010.The meeting, which took place in Borissov's office, was also attended by Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and US ambassador James Warlick. The meeting was agreed on during a September 2009 working visit by a Bulgarian Government delegation to Washington."I have assured Prime Minister Borissov of the strong US support for Bulgaria and for the safety and security of Bulgarian people," a Bulgarian Government media statement quoted Panetta as having said after the meeting."We had the chance to discuss a number of issues and to confirm that we will do everything possible to continue the good co-operation with Bulgaria," said Panetta, who also passed US president Barack Obama's regards to Borissov."I want to thank Panetta for the favourable view of the Bulgarian Government's work in fighting crime and corruption," Borissov said.Topics discussed at the meeting included the Bulgarian Interior Ministry's operations, with a focus on Operation Octopus, which is aimed against organised crime including influence peddling, money laundering and tax evasion.Tsvetanov was scheduled to meet later the same day with a representative of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which is scheduled to open a Sofia office by the end of 2010.The DEA already has offices in Athens and Istanbul.

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