22 September 2020 03:04 PM

Political Relations

Thursday، 05 November 2015 12:00 AM

Political relations between Egypt and Bulgaria were severed twice, first when Bulgaria decided to go to World War II with Germany, then relations were restored in 1947, the second was in 1978 by a decision from the late President Anwar El-Sadat, within the framework of the tension in the Egyptian relation with the Eastern bloc at the time and were resumed in December 1984.

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the distance between the two countries was too far because of the busy direct geographical interest circuits. This period witnessed many regional turnings and variables, which did not provide the appropriate atmosphere to act on consolidating relations.

When the Bulgarian Socialist Party (the heir of the former communist party) came to power in Bulgaria in 2005, as well as the presidency which is held by the party's candidate since 2002, Bulgaria started reconsidering many external files, especially acting on re-weaving the strong relations with the Arab world, headed by Egypt.

On August 2nd, 2020, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zaharieva, received Egypt's Ambassador to Bulgaria, Khaled Emara. During the meeting, the Egyptian ambassador asserted Egypt's keenness to boost the friendship ties and cooperation between the two countries, and to build on the momentum witnessed in the bilateral relations during previous years and the positive development in economic and trade relations, as the trade balance between the two countries exceeded $ 1.27 billion during 2019.

The ambassador, also, said that Egypt looks forward to convening the first session of the joint cooperation committee, as well as the Egyptian-Bulgarian Business Council, which was launched during the Bulgarian president’s visit to Cairo in March 2019.

For her part, the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed her country's interest in enhancing bilateral cooperation and constructive dialogue in various domains, expressing appreciation of the important role that Egypt plays to achieve stability and security in the region.

She highlighted the great prospects of enhancing economic and trade relations, expressing hope that the first meetings of the committee and the joint businessmen forum will be held in the fall of 2020.

She pointed out that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, contacts between Bulgaria and Egypt are being actively maintained.

Egypt is Bulgaria's largest trade and economic partner in the Middle East and Africa.

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