FM Liberman expressed his thanks to the Bulgarian fire-fighters who helped extinguish the Carmel Mountain forest fire, and support of the initiative to establish a joint regional force to deal with natural disasters.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman, who is in Sofia on an official visit, visited today (Thursday 9 December 2010), together with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, the Bulgarian Fire-fighting Academy and met with the 92 firemen who participated in the effort to extinguish the Carmel Mountain forest fire.
At the ceremony, FM Liberman expressed his appreciation and thanked the fire-fighters for their efforts. FM Liberman stated that friends are measured in times of crisis, and by sending a large fire-fighting force, Bulgaria proved to be a true friend of Israel.
At his meetings with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, Prime Minister Borisov and FM Mladenov, FM Liberman expressed his support of the initiative to establish a joint regional force to deal with natural disasters, proposed in a conversation held yesterday between the Israeli and Bulgarian prime ministers. FM Liberman added that it is important to establish a single joint force able to cope with disasters of this type.
FM Liberman also noted that the Bulgarian and Jewish peoples have a common history, and today we have common interests to enhance mutual cooperation. FM Liberman said that the bilateral relationship between the two countries has improved tremendously over the past two years, and is showing a positive effect both on tourism and trade.
Foreign Ministers Liberman and Mladenov agreed to continue to promote a bilateral investment protection program.