Bulgaria, Jordan want to deepen economic ties
Sofia will host the Aqaba Process in 2020 as agreed by King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Boyko BorissovEuropost
Strengthening political dialogue between Bulgaria and Jordan at the highest level and seeking new opportunities for broadening contacts in areas of shared interest dominated the Amman talks of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. He is here at the invitation of King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein.
Borissov was welcomed upon his arrival by Sami Dawood, Minister of State for the Prime Ministry, and then met with Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and with King Abdullah II.
After meeting with the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Jordan's Prime Minister said his country wants to deepen its economic ties and relations with Bulgaria.
Razzaz said Bulgaria's high-tech production and agriculture, among other areas, set an example in Europe. He talked about his country's ambition to increase trade and achieve connectivity between the two economies. He added that there are opportunities and prospects for cooperation in the pharmaceutical industry and tourism. Efforts will be directed towards expanding two-way trade.
For his part, Borissov said cooperation can also develop in education, innovation and digital infrastructure. He said he had pledged that Bulgarian businesses would be encouraged to regain their position as main phosphate suppliers.
Borissov said that Jordan, like Bulgaria, conducts a balanced foreign policy, which accounts for the two foreign ministries' identical or similar positions on all key matters.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister said there were more than 1.2 million migrants in Jordan and he would raise this issue at the European Council in Brussels next week. "We must help Jordan in this extremely strenuous situation," he commented.
Sofia will host the Aqaba Process in 2020 as agreed by King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Sunday.
The Aqaba Process is a series of international meetings launched by King Abdullah II in 2015 to bolster international and regional cooperation against terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism. Such forums have been held in Jordan, Albania, the Netherlands and the US.
Borissov stressed that in dealing with the consequences of the crises in the region, the Jordanian authorities showed responsibility and wisdom worthy of the highest respect. "We highly appreciate your consistent efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability in the Middle East, and your special role as custodian of the holy sites is highly respected worldwide," said the Prime Minister.
The two leaders praised their countries' cooperation in security, the fight against terrorism, extremism, radicalization and illegal migration. They expressed a wish to broaden their countries' fruitful defence relations. The need of stepping up trade and investments and of establishing closer contacts between the business communities was also on the agenda of the meeting.