For Bulgaria as well as for the EU, Turkey is a strategic partner – a friendly neighbouring country, a Nato ally and an important partner in security and public order, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on January 18, meeting in Sofia with Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.
The stable and sustainable development of bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Turkey is a priority of Bulgarian policy, Borissov said, according to the government information service.
Borissov and Soylu discussed security co-operation, curbing migratory pressure, and fighting smuggling and organised crime.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that his country was ready to expand and intensify contacts with Turkey on a professional level between the different structures of the two ministries with similar functions.
“To date, our successful operations are mainly against drug trafficking and smuggling of goods. We would like to develop a pro-active exchange of information on all priority lines,” Borissov said.
Soylu said that the region is facing many challenges at the moment.
He praised the level of security co-operation that Bulgaria and Turkey have built up, the Bulgarian government statement said./IBNA