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Korea, Bulgaria upgrade bilateral relations to comprehensive future-oriented partnershipAt Korea-Bulgaria summit meeting at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on May 14

▲ President Park Geun-hye (right) and President Rosen Plevneliev of warmly shake hands with each other after a joint press conference on May 14.

President Park Geun-hye had a summit meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of the Republic of Bulgaria at Cheong Wa Dae yesterday (May 14, 2015) and then a joint press conference. At the meeting President Park said, “This year marks the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Bulgaria and the visit of His Excellency Mr. Rosen Plevneiliev, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, has all the more a special meaning for the development of relations between the two countries.” Then she said, “Today, I discussed with President Plevneliev on ways to further develop and upgrade the traditional relations of bilateral cooperation.”

▲ President Park Geun-hye (fourth from right) is speaking at a summit meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of the Republic of Bulgaria (third from left) at Cheong Wa Dae on May 14. Ambassador Petar Andonov of Bulgaria in Seoul is seen second from right.

▲President Park Geun-hye (right) and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria are exchanging pleasantries before signing a joint communiqu? on May 14.
President Park stated that “the two countries agreed to increase and diversify the bilateral ties of cooperation beyond the present level and range to areas where each country has a strong point and competiveness that include new renewable energy, national defense, defense industry, science and technology, information-communication technology, agriculture, environment, education, and culture.

▲President Park Geun-hye (right) is having a joint press meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria who is on an official visit to Korea.

President Park said, “The two countries are both traditionally peace-loving countries and agreed to cooperate with each other for the promotion of international peace and stability and to continue making joint efforts to help North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and become a responsible member of the international community.”
Then she added, “I would like to emphasize that there is room for increased cooperation in matters related with measures against terrorism and stress the importance of providing humanitarian aid for the promotion of peace in disputed regions.”

▲President Park Geun-hye (right) is given a warm applause by President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria after a joint Korean-Bulgarian joint press conference at Cheong Wa Dae on May 14.

In response President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria said, “I am very pleased to make this visit to the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and I am sure that the comprehensive future-oriented partnership agreement which I signed with President Park Geun-hye today will further promote the close relations of cooperation between the two countries.” Then he said, “For Bulgaria, the Republic of Korea is a high-priority country in the Asian region and it is our hope that the two countries will further expand the bilateral trade in the future.” (The unofficial English version may not be identical with the original as it was translated from a Korean-language text by The Korea Post.?Ed.)

▲ President Park Geun-hye (right) and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria are signing a joint communique at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on May 14.

President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria then enumerated a good number of areas for further cooperation, which included infrastructure, energy, transportation, logistics, automotive industry, research and development, agriculture, food industry, out-sourcing and tourist industry. Then he said, “The Republic of Korea proposed to increase cooperation in agriculture and food industry and we welcome the proposal and I would say that there also are such areas as energy and infrastructure in Bulgaria where the Korean companies can participate in such projects.” (Here again, the unofficial English version may not be identical with the original as it was translated from a Korean-language text by The Korea Post.?Ed.)

▲▲ President Park Geun-hye (right in the rear) and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria are exchanging pleasantries while Minister Choi Yanghee of Science, ICT and Future Planning (right in the front) and Vice Minister of Education and Science Konstantin Kostadinov (phonetic, left in the front) of Bulgaria an MOU on cooperation in science and technology between Korea and Bulgaria at Cheong Wa Dae on May 14.

President Plevneliev then added, “I positively support the policies of President Park Geun-hye for the peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula and its permanent stability. I consider it a great honor to be here and I feel I am among close friends.” (An unofficial English translation from a Korean text rendered by The Korea Post.?Ed.)

▲President Park Geun-hye (right in the rear) and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria are exchanging pleasantries while Minister Choi Yanghee of Science, ICT and Future Planning (right in the front) and Vice Minister of Education and Science Konstantin Kostadinov (phonetic, left in the front) of Bulgaria an MOU on cooperation in science and technology between Korea and Bulgaria at Cheong Wa Dae on May 14. President Plevneliev then added, “I positively support the policies of President Park Geun-hye for the peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula and its permanent stability. I consider it a great honor to be here and I feel I am among close friends.” (An unofficial English translation from a Korean text rendered by The Korea Post.?Ed.)

▲▲ Minister Yun Byung-se of Foreign Affairs (right in the front) and Vice Minister Poriachev (left in the front, phonetic) of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria are signing an agreement of cooperation in education and culture while President Park Geun-hye (right in the rear) and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria look on.

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