|Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev will arrive tomorrow for his five-day visit to Viet Nam at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang.
Prior to his departure, Plevneliev gave an interview to the Vietnam News Agency on the prospects facing of the two countries' relationship.
He expressed his hope to continue strengthening co-operation with Viet Nam and seek new ways to bring the relations to a strategic partnership level.
"During my upcoming visit, we will sign a number of new bilateral agreements, such as a Memorandum for Co-operation between the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, which will open up many more new opportunities to enhance our partnership," he said.
The president suggested that the two countries would need to focus more of joint efforts to increase, balance and diversify their bilateral trade.
"In this regard, during my visit we will be opening a new Office of the Bulgarian Trade and Economic Service in HCM City," he disclosed
"Bulgarian membership in the EU also gives us more opportunities for developing our economic partnership. The ‘Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Co-operation' between the EU and Viet Nam, ratified by Bulgaria in January, also opens up new possibilities for closer economic ties. It forms the foundation for negotiations between Viet Nam and the EU on a Free Trade Agreement," he added.
"In the near future, I believe there will be even more direct contact between Bulgarians and Vietnamese that will help our friendship and partnership grow and be an important factor for the development of both countries." — VNS