Turkey, Bulgaria vow to strengthen bilateral ties

2012-11-28 14:55:09 GMT2012-11-28 22:55:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANKARA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul and visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on Wednesday vowed to strengthen existing bilateral ties between the two countries.

Speaking at a joint press conference in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Gul said there have been perfect relations between Ankara and Sofia and the two countries attached great importance to the economic cooperation.

Turkish-Bulgarian trade volume was nearly 3 billion euros ( about 3.87 billion U.S. dollars) last year and the two countries aimed to bring this figure up to 10 billion euros in the future, he said.

The two countries have cooperated in several areas such as infrastructure, highways, railways and natural gas pipeline projects, Gul said.

For his part, Plevneliev said that they were eager to boost ties with Turkey, adding that joint projects between Turkey and Bulgaria were also of great importance for the region, for Europe and the world.

Plevneliev said that Bulgaria supported Turkey's EU bid and his country was ready to share its experiences regarding EU accession process.

Calling on Turkish companies to invest in his country, Plevneliev said that they were glad that Turkish companies had great interest especially in the area of telecommunication.

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