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Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu meets with Deputy Prime Minister for Justice Reform and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zaharieva

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Foreign Affairs minister Bogdan Aurescu held a bilateral meeting with the deputy prime minister for Justice Reform and minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zaharieva, in the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava, on December 5, 2019.

The two officials welcomed marking – in 2019 – 140 years since the establishment of the bilateral relations between Romania and Bulgaria. He expressed the wish to continue the deep-rooted partnership built in recent years, based on the principles of good neighbourly relations, common European and Euro-Atlantic values and shared interests.

The two ministers exchanged views on issues of interest on the agenda of bilateral relations, and minister Bogdan Aurescu pleaded for progress and finding solutions on a number of issues of common interest, such as the delimitation of maritime areas in the Black Sea, demarcating the border along the Danube River, ensuring navigability on the Danube, respectively education in Romanian - as a mother tongue for Romanians in Bulgaria.

The two officials also addressed topical issues on the European agenda, focusing on the enlargement policy, which both states support, joining the Schengen area and completing the CVM.

The meeting also gave an exchange of views on common security priorities and challenges in the Black Sea. Bogdan Aurescu pleaded for strengthening the NATO deterrence and defence measures in the Black Sea, in the south of the Eastern flank, including by strengthening the Multinational Brigade, in which Bulgaria is also taking part.