Sofia, May 31, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
In the following period the contacts between Greece and Bulgaria will intensify, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said after the “exceptionally good” meeting he had in Sofia with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, accompanied by his Bulgarian counterpart Daniel Mitov.
“There are a lot of meetings with the Bulgarian side, which will ‘thicken’ in the following period, since Greece and Bulgaria, as we have agreed with Mr Borisov, are an anchor of stability and security for South-East Europe”, the Foreign minister said to the Independent Balkan News Agency, stating that both sides agreed on the need to organize more informal meetings between the leaders of the two states, with “the first most important at the moment being the meeting of two governments with the participation of several ministers, the second is the visit of the Bulgarian Prime minister to Greece and the third is the repetition of the SEECP in October.
In particular, Mr Kotzias said that during the meeting with Mr Borisov, which lasted one hour, many important issues were discussed, such as ” the preparation of tomorrow’s SEECP Summit, its content and what are the key areas that we want to develop our cooperation through this, such as economic issues, foreign policy and our role in the region, but also other issues such as culture, research, and cooperation of our educational institutions”.
Discussion also revolved, according to Mr Kotzias, around the bilateral relations in terms of joint action and joint projects that the two countries can take up, major projects such as railways, highways, and energy, but also smaller projects concerning cross-border relations.
Also, it was impossible not to make a mention on tourism during the talks, “naturally, as it is known how much Bulgarians love Greece and how often they visit”, Mr Kotzias said.