In the recent years, state and political relations between Bulgaria and Israel have been extremely intensive and of strategic nature and importance, said the President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva at her meeting with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. Our friendly relationships are deeply rooted back in history and we, the contemporary statesmen and politicians, are obliged to further develop them, said the President of the Bulgarian Parliament. Tsetska Tsacheva added that the two countries should also work together for addressing the many challenges we were facing today.
She recalled that one of the brightest pages in our history was the rescue of Bulgarian Jews, as it united the whole society, the church, and the deputies.
The President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva underscored the excellent development of the bilateral parliamentary relations, particularly the relations between the friendship groups. Tsetska Tsacheva and Reuven Rivlin focused on the need to intensify contacts between the parliamentary committees in various sectoral policies.
As a former president of the Knesset of Israel Reuven Rivlin acquainted the President of the Bulgarian Parliament with the work of their legislative institution. He noted he attached an exceptionally high importance to the ties between the two parliaments. The President of Israel added that over the years in the various compositions of the Knesset there had been many deputies who were children and grand children of Bulgarian Jews who had emigrated after the war.
The President of the National Assembly extended an invitation to the President of the Knesset to make an official visit to Bulgaria.
Tsetska Tsacheva assessed as extremely important the conduct of bilateral joint meetings of the governments of the two countries. She expressed her belief that the third intergovernmental meeting to be held in Bulgaria this year would give a practical dimension to the partnership in many areas.
Cooperation with Israel is of strategic importance – particularly in the areas of security, investment, exchange of goods, agriculture, health care, science and education, Tsetska Tsacheva noted. The two of them expressed assurance that Bulgaria and Israel would pro-actively work for the implementation of specific projects in the above-mentioned areas.
The President of the National Assembly added that it was extremely important for Bulgaria to attract Israeli investments because very good conditions existed for them.
Later in the day Tsetska Tsacheva attended the official ceremony for the inauguration of the “Memorial of Gratitude and in Memory of the Victims of Holocaust” in front of the “Academia” Gallery of the National Academy of Art.