Bulgaria Calls for Stepping Up Relations

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Bulgaria’s charge d’affaires in Armenia Ivan Ivanchev called on the Armenian authorities on Wednesday to reopen Yerevan-Sofia air flight–which was shut down in 1999. "Until today–I do not know the reasons the flight was shut down," Ivanchev said while delivering a public lecture at the American University of Armenia.

Ivanchev said he had several times asked the Armenian authorities to resume Yerevan-Sofia flights–but they (the authorities) cited the "inefficiency of the flights." Ivanchev argued that the decision to shut down the flights was wrong. "I am sure that they would be promoting development of Armenian-Bulgarian trade relations given that Turkey has shut its territory for Armenian transport," he said.

Ivanchev then argued that Bulgaria may become a wonderful gate for Armenia to enter European markets and vice versa for entrance of Bulgarian products to Iran and Central Asia. He said that his government had offered Armenia to sign an agreement on use of warehouses at Bulgarian ports of Varna and Burgas. The idea–according to him–was welcomed by the two sides. "Use of warehouses in Bulgaria will facilitate Armenian goods passage through customs office," he said.

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