PM Borissov meets with US Ambassador MustafaEuropost , Sofia
Meeting with US Ambassador Herro Mustafa on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Bulgaria and the US are allies and strategic partners. The two countries have established a steady political dialogue at all levels, the government information service said.
Borissov congratulated the US Ambassador on her appointment and said he was confident that Bulgarian-US diplomatic relations would keep their upward momentum.
Borissov noted the excellent interaction in security and defence, both on a bilateral basis and within NATO. He said the US administration and the Bulgarian government attach a great importance to meeting the commitment entered at the NATO Wales Summit in 2014 to spend a minimum of 2 per cent of GDP on defence. Borissov stressed that Sofia has practically achieved that goal by signing deals on the acquisition of F-16 Block 70 aircraft and support equipment and weapons.
The Prime Minister noted the potential for building upon the strategic partnership with the US in other areas, including energy security, high-tech development, education, science and culture. He stressed the importance of Bulgaria-US cooperation in people-to-people contacts, bolstered by various programmes and initiatives promoting exchanges of students, researchers and business representatives. Borissov mentioned as a positive trend the steady increase of American tourists to Bulgaria in recent years.
Ambassador Mustafa briefed Borissov on the US Embassy's top priorities.