Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov (left) and Presidential National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (right) @Council of Ministers
Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov received support in Washington from the administration of President Joe Biden for Bulgaria‘s anti-corruption efforts, according to the government information service.
Petkov was admitted to the State Department by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Chief Energy Advisor Amos Hochstein and Sanctions Policy Coordinator Jim O’Brien.
The Prime Minister then spoke with Presidential National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
Prime Minister Petkov briefed the senior WE government officials on the firm’s steps to root out corruption, as well as the real steps of judicial reform.
The Government Information Service writes that Kiril Petkov presented energy diversification plans Bulgaria and expressed”Bulgariathe categorical position of on Russian aggression” in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister underlined the efforts of the Cabinet to find long-term solutions for our country, which would ensure security and stability, after the unilateral stoppage of gas supply by Gazprom. Petkov stressed the potential opportunities in this direction and the importance of international cooperation, especially with the United Stateson energy issues.
During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass and Dutch Group Executive Director of the financial institution Koen Davidse, the Bulgarian Prime Minister discussed the possibilities of providing technical assistance from the World Bank to Bulgaria in support of reforms in Bulgaria and infrastructure, health and projects. as part of the recovery and sustainability plan. The theme of the war in Ukraine and energy issues were also discussed.
It has also become clear that a meeting between the government and the World Bank will take place in Sofia, but the date is not yet specified, the press service of the Council of Ministers announced.
In the WE capital, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov, Defense Minister Dragomir Zakov and Deputy Foreign Minister Velislava Petrova.
National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said during Jake Sullivan’s meeting with Kirill Petkov that the two exchanged views on Russia’s unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine. Both reaffirmed their will to continue to support the Ukrainian people and government and to impose sanctions on Russia.
During the meeting, Sullivan emphasized the solidarity of United States and Bulgaria as part of Russia’s attempts to use energy as a weapon. Ongoing efforts to strengthen European sustainability through greater diversification of European energy supplies were also discussed. Support was expressed for the Bulgarian government in its fight to enforce the rule of law and reforms in the fight against corruption.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov also discussed the need to promote stability and development in the Western Balkans.
During his visit to Washington, Prime Minister Petkov will hold talks in Congress.
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