Lisbon/Sofia, November 2 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev arrived on a state visit to Portugal Monday on the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Anibal Cavaco Silva. Emerging from a meeting with his host at Belem Palace, Plevneliev said, as quoted by his press office, that Bulgaria and Portugal are part of the efforts for pursuing an ambitious European foreign policy for sustainable solution of the problems related to the migration pressure and the unprecedented number of ongoing crisis.
"In the European Union, Bulgaria and Portugal set the direction for a joint solution of the challenges connected with the migration pressure," said Plevneliev.
The migration pressure on the external EU border dominated the talks of the two Presidents.
President Cavaco Silva said that dialogue needs to be established with the countries which generate migrants, and with the countries receiving them.
Plevneliev added that Portugal and Bulgaria have common positions for solving te problems caused by climate change, which further aggravate the risk of fresh migration waves. "The two countries will be part of the responsible solution for dealing with these problems," he added.
The two presidents stressed the potential for the strengthening of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. They noted that Bulgarian and Portuguese entrepreneurs may draft joint projects using their experience on different markets outside the EU - in countries of the region of Southeastern Europe, Brazil, Angola and Latin America. "Portugal is an established partner in these parts of the world and Bulgarian entrepreneurs may use this platform to develop their ambitions," President Plevneliev said adding that the two countries will be stronger through joint projects.