Bulgaria establishes national Belt and Road association

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-11 23:35:13|Editor: yan
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SOFIA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A national association "One Belt One Road" was established here on Tuesday to boost Bulgaria's involvement in China's Belt and Road Initiative and strengthen the ties between Bulgaria and China.

Several leading figures from society signed the founding documents. Prof. Zahari Zahariev, elected chairman of the One Belt One Road association, said that its creation was extremely important for two reasons.

"First, it showed the commitment of Bulgaria to the objective processes of dynamic civilization change in the modern world. At the same time, it indicated that Bulgaria has always considered the relationship with China as a priority in its foreign policy," Zahariev said.

Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Zhang Haizhou, who also attended the event, said the Belt and Road Initiative enjoyed increasingly broad and positive response, and more than 100 countries and international organizations already participated in it.

Central and Eastern Europe was one of China's priorities within the Belt and Road Initiative, Zhang said.

With regard in particular to Bulgaria, Zhang said that Chinese and Bulgarian governments, local authorities and businesses had a strong desire to further develop bilateral cooperation, and against this background, the establishment of the Bulgarian national association came just in time.

Angel Orbetsov, head of Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate at the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the association certainly had the potential to become a new effective and long-term platform for promoting relations between Bulgaria and China.

He believed that the new association could play a strong role for a more complete understanding of the Belt and Road Initiative, and fuller involvement of Bulgaria in this initiative at institutional, governmental and public levels.