Iran’s President 'well-intentioned': Bulgarian president

Tehran, Sep 20, IRNA – President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria described his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani an 'extremely well-intentioned' person after the two met in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly session.

Radev said after the meeting that it was very important for Bulgaria “to return to its economic and political positions in the Middle East,” wrote the Sofia Globe website on Wednesday.

The website cited Radev as saying that in the past 30 years, some politicians in Bulgaria had wiped out the confidence of the countries in the Middle East.

Iran has an excellent attitude towards the Bulgarian state, the President said, but it is “a catastrophe in our policy” that Bulgaria had had bilateral trade with Iran amounting to $1bn in the 1980s, while the volume in 2005 had been only $20m.

“The potential for cooperation is enormous”, Radev indicated during the meeting that was held at the United Nations headquarters.
He said that President Rouhani was “extremely well-intentioned with great hope for Bulgaria”.

President Rouhani said in a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart on Tuesday that economic and private sectors in the two countries should be encouraged and supported to strengthen their ties and enhance cooperation.

Meantime, the Bulgarian President praised Iran regional policies, saying the 'stabilizing and successful policies adopted by Iran in the region is the reason encouraging Sofia to seek to enhance ties in different fields with the country.'

Referring to 120 years of bilateral ties between Tehran and Sofia, Radev said that the Bulgarian private sector is interested to invest in energy and transportation projects in Iran.


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