Turkish foreign minister bullish on trade ties with Bulgaria

Visiting Sofia on February 27, Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that bilateral trade with Bulgaria – currently at about three billion euro – could reach as high as 10 billion euro.

Davutoglu met his counterpart, as well as the prime minister and president, in a visit previously postponed when head of state Rossen Plevneliev was unavailable on the intended date.

Matters discussed in meetings included border issues against the background of the significant influx of refugees into Bulgaria across the Turkish border in 2013, which is continuing to a lesser degree in 2014.

On this issue, Turkey’s interior minister also is due to visit Bulgaria for talks.

Speaking after meeting his counterpart, Davutoglu said that Turkey saw Bulgaria both as a friend and ally.

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