Sofia, Bulgaria: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria – Teodora Genchovska, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Italy – Luigi Di Maio and discussed the current scenario and conflict between Russia-Ukraine.
Besides this, the meeting also witnessed an exchange of views on Italy’s contribution to the initiatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the Balkan state.
Both the dignitaries also discussed several ways of relaunching bilateral talks and strengthening the diplomatic ties between both countries.
The official Twitter handle of Italy’s Foreign Ministry, providing updates regarding the meeting, tweeted, “FM Luigi Di Maio meets Bulgarian MFA Teodora Genchovska. Exchange of views on Conflict in Ukraine and contribution to #NATO initiatives in Bulgaria, #EU enlargement process and cross-border cooperation with #WesternBalkans, Migrations, Relaunching of bilateral dialogue.”
FM @luigidimaio meets Bulgarian MFA @TGenchovskaMFA
Exchange of views on:
🔸Conflict in Ukraine and 🇮🇹contribution to #NATO initiatives in Bulgaria
🔸#EU enlargement process and cross-border cooperation with #WesternBalkans
🔸Relaunching of bilateral dialogue pic.twitter.com/GS7dfgpAbb
— Italy MFA (@ItalyMFA_int) April 13, 2022
The meeting comes at a very crucial point, especially when the world is witnessing a war between two European countries (Russia-Ukraine).
In the meantime, the Italian Foreign Minister tweeted, “I met the Bulgarian colleague Teodora Genchovska in Italy. Useful discussion on the conflict in Ukraine and on the enlargement of the EU. We continue to strengthen bilateral relations between our two countries.”
Ho incontrato in @ItalyMFA la collega bulgara @TGenchovskaMFA.
Utile confronto sul conflitto in Ucraina e sull’allargamento dell’Ue.
Continuiamo a rafforzare i rapporti bilaterali tra i nostri due Paesi.
— Luigi Di Maio (@luigidimaio) April 13, 2022
Relations of Italy-Bulgaria:
The diplomatic relations between both nations were established in the year 1879; since then, Bulgaria and Italy have shared robust, friendly bilateral ties.
The Embassy of the Balkan state of Bulgaria is in Rome, and a general consulate in Milan and six honorary consulates (in Ancona, Florence, Genoa, Naples, Turin and Treviso).
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Italy is situated in the capital city of Bulgaria (Sofia), along with an honorary consulate in Plovdiv.
The relations between both nations can be traced back to the time of World War II when the two were a part of the Axis Powers, allies of Nazi Germany and of the Japanese Empire.
For the present time, both the nations are a part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and of the European Union (EU).