Trump tells Bulgarian PM Borissov in phone conversation he hopes to meet in person soon

United States president-elect Donald Trump has told Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov that he hopes they can meet in person soon to discuss bilateral co-operation, a Bulgarian government statement on December 16 said.

In the telephone conversation, Borissov and Trump discussed the current international and domestic political situations, noting the excellent partnership between the US and Bulgaria.

They expressed their expectation that this relationship would continue to grow at the time of the new US administration, according to the statement.

Borissov briefed Trump on Bulgaria’s macro-economic indicators, pointing out its economic growth, which is one of the highest in Europe, zero inflation, low taxes and low debt.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister highlighted the stability and the role of Bulgaria in the region, making it one of the safest places to invest.

Borissov and Trump discussed the measures that Bulgaria was taking to diversify energy sources and routes, the statement said.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister reiterated his position that the normalization of the situation in the world and particularly in Europe after the eruption of migrant crisis could be achieved only with the cessation of military conflicts that are a major cause of refugee flows.

Borissov emphasised the role of the leaders of the largest countries in this process.

“On your shoulders rests a huge responsibility, this is a matter of human lives around the world,” Borissov told Trump.

Trump expressed his expectation that the two could meet in person soon to discuss opportunities for the development of bilateral co-operation, the statement said.

He wished Borissov a merry Christmas and the whole Bulgarian nation prosperity and success.

The conversation took place a few weeks after Bulgaria’s National Assembly accepted the resignation of Borissov as prime minister, following his party’s defeat in Bulgaria’s November 2016 presidential elections.

However, although it had been widely expected that Borissov, who remains in office pending a resolution to the political situation, would be succeeded by a caretaker government, he was involved in talks on December 16 on the possible formation of a new elected government that he could head.




The Sofia Globe staff

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