Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held talks with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zakharieva, who is visited Ukraine with a four-day working visit, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.
The parties discussed the development of economic cooperation, contacts, trade and investment between Ukraine and Bulgaria. They agreed to hold a Ukrainian-Bulgarian business forum and an Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation in the near future.
“The volume of trade between Ukraine and Bulgaria has exceeded USD 1 billion. Today we discussed in detail what else we can do to make business contacts develop, and even despite the pandemic, we have more trade, more exchange between businesses and between people,” the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said.
Dmytro Kuleba also expressed gratitude to Bulgaria for its continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a principled position on the EU sanctions policy against the Russian Federation, as well as full for support for Ukraine’s European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Another topic of discussion was inter-parliamentary interaction, as well as the protection of the rights and interests of national minorities.
“Ukraine is home to the largest Bulgarian community in the world, more than 200,000 people. Ukrainian Bulgarians are part of the national wealth of Ukraine, an integral part of our society. We agreed with a colleague that we will resolve all issues related to education in a constructive spirit. This also applies to the Ukrainian language in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language in Ukraine,” Kuleba said.
In addition, the ministers agreed to expedite the opening of the Ukrainian Cultural and Information Center in Sofia and the High School of Bulgaria in Odesa.
Dmytro Kuleba thanked the Bulgarian government for the humanitarian assistance provided against the background of coronavirus and positively noted Bulgaria’s constructive position on unblocking tourist trips of Ukrainian citizens during the period of restrictions. The parties discussed new formats of interaction for the further development of cooperation in tourism.