Bulgaria Could Be Iran's Gateway to Europe

Bulgaria Could Be Iran's Gateway to EuropeBulgaria Could Be Iran's Gateway to Europe

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said the Balkan state can facilitate Iran-European Union economic cooperation, especially in the field of energy.

Mitov, who is on a two-day trip to Tehran, made the statement in a press conference with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following their meeting on Monday, IRNA reported.

The Bulgarian diplomat said the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers last July is formally called, has provided an opportunity for reviving ties.

Mitov said that in discussions with Iranian officials, he has identified important sectors in which the two countries can develop cooperation.

"Iran is one of the main options to diversify European Union gas suppliers," he said.

Zarif was optimistic that the thaw in ties, after years of strained relations, would promote the interests of the two nations and also peace in the Middle East and Balkans.

He described bilateral ties, regional issues, latest developments in Balkans and parliamentary cooperation as the main issues discussed with Mitov.

On economic cooperation, Zarif said the two countries have plans to establish a transit corridor traversing Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Black Sea and finally Bulgaria, which would serve as a connection point between Iran and European Union.

The next meeting of Iran-Bulgaria Economic Commission is expected to be held soon, after a seven-year gap.

Mitov also met President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Monday.