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50 years of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Australia

05 May 2022 Events and Discussions

Deputy Minister Velislava Petrova received Australia's ambassador to Bulgaria, Arthur Spyrou. The meeting was on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Australia.

The main highlights of the conversation were the strengthening of the political dialogue, trade-economic and investment relations, including in the context of the negotiated EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement, energy security and the role of innovation in the energy sphere.

"We hope that the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations will create a strong impetus for further deepening and expanding our bilateral ties." said Deputy Minister Petrova.

Deputy Minister Petrova and Ambassador Spyrou noted that Australia is home to the largest Bulgarian community in the Asia-Pacific region, which has become a natural bridge of friendship between the two countries.

In the field of trade and economic relations, the already existing cooperation in software development and outsourcing was highlighted. Both sides expressed interest in exchanging experience and good practices in the field of energy innovation for the development of low-carbon economies.

Deputy Minister Petrova expressed gratitude for Australia's continued support on Bulgaria's path to accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. "We greatly appreciate the valuable assistance of OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann and rely on his continued support throughout the process."

Ambassador Arthur Spirou expressed satisfaction with the excellent bilateral relations and confirmed Australia's desire to develop them with joint efforts, based on the solid traditions of 50 years of diplomatic relations.

As countries sharing common values and having similar positions on major international issues, Ambassador Spyrou and Deputy Minister Petrova also noted the importance of regular political dialogue between the two countries.

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