Vanuatu has established diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.
This has been confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu.
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) press center announced the foreign ministers of the two countries — Ekaterina Zaharieva and Regenvanu, agreed to this in Lomé, Togo.
The two diplomats spoke before the European Union (EU)’s Joint Ministerial Council and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which took place in Lomé, the capital of the Republic of Togo.
The Forum, which included delegations from 79 countries, was co-chaired by Ekaterina Zaharieva as Chair of the Council of the European Union.
In 2001, Bulgaria took steps to establish diplomatic relations with a number of Pacific island states, including the Republic of Vanuatu.
So far, they have been established with Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Fiji.
Bulgaria’s MFA stated this is the first meeting of Bulgaria’s foreign ministers and Vanuatu, both sides concluded that there are no obstacles to the establishment of bilateral relations.
Both Zaharieva and Regenvanu agreed that there is potential for cooperation, especially within the framework of international organizations.
It was pointed out that, as an EU Member State, Bulgaria attaches great importance to the European Union’s relations with developing countries and seek more opportunities for exchange of experience and building closer ties with the small island states in the Pacific.
The meeting discussed a number of problems in the Pacific, including the process of decolonization. Despite its small territory, Vanuatu is one of the world’s most linguistic and cultural landscapes — the archipelago is known for 113 different languages and dialects.
The country is also the first in the world to ban the plastic bags and straws from July 1st.
Bulgaria is the current President of the EU.
Minister Regenvanu also signed a Joint Communique announcing the establishment of diplomatic relations with Mr. Cosmin Dinescu, Secretary General of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thursday on the sidelines of the ACP-EU meeting.
(Source: Vanuatu Daily Post 04 June 2018)
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