United Arab Emirates opens embassy in Bulgaria

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially opened an embassy in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia on June 14 2019, after Bulgaria opened an embassy in Abu Dhabi in April 2018.

The opening of the embassy in Sofia was attended by UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE Foreign Minister held talks with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.

A Bulgarian government statement quoted Borissov as saying that following the activation of relations between Bulgaria and the UAE, it was important to maintain the dynamic and to continue to develop fruitful co-operation.

Borissov described the opening of the UAE embassy as a “good step” that would help facilitating bilateral dialogue and trade and economic co-operation.

He said that the dynamic development of Bulgarian-UAE relations in recent years is due not only to the good political will, but also to the important regional role and importance of each of the countries and the common desire for cooperation in a wide range of areas.

In just six months, from October 2018 to March 2019, a number of visits were held, the most significant event being an official visit by Borissov to the UAE, the first bilateral visit at the highest governmental level.

Borissov said that the UAE is an important and promising foreign trade partner of Bulgaria among the countries of the Gulf region.

He highlighted the advantages of Bulgaria as an investment destination and the potential of the UAE to diversify its investment portfolio in Bulgaria, the government statement said.

Borissov said that it would be of mutual interest if more specific steps are taken in the sphere of economic co-operation, the increase of trade, interaction in fields such as IT, agriculture, tourism, transport, security and energy. He also pointed out the possibility of holding a first session of the Joint Economic Commission, the statement said.