According to the statement issued by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security Affairs and Interior Minister Ivan Demirsiev held a working meeting with his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Soylu in Ankara. Among the main topics discussed at the meeting was combating illegal immigration and easing the movement of heavy vehicles between the two countries.
“Our talks with Minister Soylu are very comfortable because we have resolved most of the issues on the agenda between our two countries so far,” Minister Demirjev noted.
Minister Suleyman Soylu once again expressed his gratitude to the Bulgarian people, the Bulgarian government and especially his counterpart, Ivan Demirsiev, for the assistance provided in the search and rescue efforts after the devastating earthquakes that occurred in Turkey on February 6. Reminding that Bulgaria was the first country in the European Union to provide assistance to Turkey after the earthquake, Soylu added, “You didn’t leave us alone even for a minute, you joined the search and rescue efforts with us and helped us provide everything we need.”
“I once again expressed our willingness and sensitivity to provide assistance as much as we can, not only today, but also at a time when everyone forgets that there is such a catastrophe in Turkey,” Demirsiev said. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Turkey for the tremendous support it has given our country in fighting the persecution of immigrants. In return, Bulgaria is doing its best to support the passage of TIR traffic through border checkpoints.
The ministers at the bilateral working meeting also discussed other current issues of common concern.
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