Center for Strategic Communication

Today, President Obama met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

The President thanked Prime Minister Borissov for Bulgaria’s strong partnership in NATO, as well as the country’s support in Afghanistan and its cooperation on criminal investigations, law enforcement, and counterterrorism.

“But of course, the relationship is not just based on security issues,” President Obama said.

Bulgaria is a modernizing country, and I know that the Prime Minister is interested in a range of reforms to create an open and transparent government, to improve trade and commerce between our two countries, as a leader in the Balkans in moving towards further integration with Europe and the rest of the world economy. We've been very impressed with the progress that's been made in Bulgaria, and I'm looking forward to hearing from the Prime Minister how the United States can further assist in those efforts.


President Obama meets with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 2012.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Read the full remarks here