Borissov and Krach discuss 5G and F-16

Borissov and Krach discuss 5G and F-16


Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and US Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Development, Energy and Environment Keith Krach welcomed the increasingly dynamic political dialogue between Bulgaria and the United States as a result of their strategic partnership.

Borissov and Krach met during the US Deputy Secretary of State’s visit to Bulgaria. This is the third meeting between the two this year alone, which is yet another expression of the enhanced co-operation between Bulgaria and the United States, following Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s visit to Washington in November 2019, the government’s press office said.

The meeting focused on strategic partnership priority issues, such as deepening trade and economic cooperation and strengthening bilateral relations in the field of security of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks.

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the US Deputy Secretary of State agreed on the position that 5G will become the connection infrastructure will be crucial for all sectors of society, such as e-health, smart grids, transportation and mobility. 5G networks are the future backbone of our increasingly digital economies and societies, it was stressed during the meeting. That is why the European Union and NATO are working together in the field of 5G to ensure the reliability of infrastructure and the supply chain.

Another topic of the talks focused on security and defense co-operation, which are among the key dimensions of bilateral relations.

“The acquisition of F-16 Block 70 fighters is an important step forward in the modernization of the Bulgarian Air Force”, said the Bulgarian Prime Minister. He was adamant that the modernization plans of the Air Force will provide conditions for industrial cooperation, which will contribute to the long-term economic development of Bulgaria and the competitiveness of our country.

“The United States is an important strategic partner of Bulgaria in the field of energy”, said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. In this context, in June 2020, the United States proposed the signing of a bilateral memorandum on strategic cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for political purposes. “Promoting this partnership is another key element in the transition to a low-carbon economy”, said Boyko Borissov. /ibna