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Borissov to US envoy: Inclusion of Western Balkans to be priority of Bulgaria's EU Presidency

Borissov to US envoy: Inclusion of Western Balkans to be priority of Bulgaria's EU Presidency
The issue of the inclusion of the countries of the Western Balkans in the European Union will be a priority in Bulgaria's Presidency of the EU in 2018, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov told US deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia Hoyt Yee in talks in Sofia on July 24.

At the talks, Borissov emphasised the importance of the European perspective for the countries of the region, a Bulgarian government statement after the meeting said.

Borissov also briefed the US official on the results of his participation in the leaders meeting of the Berlin Process in Trieste.

Borissov emphasized the possibilities for connectivity between the Western Balkans and the EU with the inclusion of Corridor 8 in the Berlin Process.

Connecting infrastructure is important, it will give a new perspective to the development of the Balkans, he said.

The progress of the Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector was also discussed.

Borissov said that this project is key not only for the two countries, but also for the Southeast Europe and the EU region. Its implementation will result in diversification of sources and routes for the supply of natural gas from the Southern Gas Corridor.

In the talks, the development of the project for the construction of the "Balkan" European gas distribution centre was noted, the statement said.

Borissov and Hoyt Yee also discussed strengthening the bilateral partnership between Bulgaria and the United States in the interest of the common goals of the two countries as allies. The emphasis was placed on co-operation on security and defence, according to the statement./IBNA

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