“We are committed to the unity and power of the European Union. As such, we are much more suited and stronger as partners of the Arab world. The EU with its values is an example which the Arab world can use for the rule of law, the rights of women and children,” Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said at the opening of the third EU-Arab World Summit in Athens, as quaoted by the government’s press office on 29th of October, reports BNT.
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Speaking at the summit in Athens, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov reminded that the issue of the connectivity of the countries of the Western Balkans was again put on the agenda during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU.
“I see enormous opportunities in the Balkans as a whole,” Borissov said, and added that the regular quadrilateral meetings with Romania, Greece and Serbia aimed to make the Balkan region more competitive. During the forum, the Bulgarian Prime Minister expressed hope for the completion of the construction of the liquefied gas interconnector with Greece by the end of the year. He said that this would be one of his highlights in the conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Varna on 2 November.
“The migration wave that floods us in Europe and literally broke a lot of countries shows that we need to think about Africa, about those countries in the world where hunger is a problem,” Boyko Borissov said.
Speaking to the EU-Arab World Summit participants, the Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out the relations between Bulgaria and Greece as an example of good neighbourly relations and excellent partnership.
“We never conduct policies against third countries. With peace, understanding, and cooperation Bulgaria and Greece have always been an example of good neighbours, regardless of political systems, regardless of political parties, we know that with Greece we have always been and we must be friends forever,” Prime Minister Borissov noted.
He added that the meeting in Istanbul of the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Turkey gave a good perspective for solving the crisis in Syria with political means.
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