PM Borissov, Cooper discuss Bulgaria-US strategic partnershipEuropost , Sofia
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with US Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper who is on an official visit to Bulgaria, to discuss the strategic partnership and collaboration in the fields of defence, industry, science and technology between Bulgaria and the US, the Cabinet press service informed on Thursday.
Borissov said that Bulgaria and the US are allies and strategic partners, and the interaction between the two countries is intensifying both bilaterally and within the framework of NATO and the EU-US cooperation.
According to Borissov, the Strategic Dialogue between Bulgaria and the US that held its first session on 8 January 2020 in Sofia, represents a higher stage of partnership in the priority fields of mutual interest. The two officials also pointed out the benefits of the bilateral cooperation in science and technology.
Another focus of the conversation was the US-Bulgarian cooperation in the field of defence. Borissov said that Bulgaria is actively working on the implementation of the 2020-2030 Road Map for Military Cooperation that he negotiated with US President Donald Trump in November 2019.
Borissov expressed gratitude for America's continued support in the modernisation of the Bulgarian armed forces, thus making the country more secure and expanding NATO's capabilities.
According to Borissov, the acquisition of F-16 Block 70 fighter aircraft by Bulgaria will contribute to the lasting economic development and competitiveness of the country and will enrich its security and defence sectors with unique know-how.