Bulgaria asks for broadening of tourism cooperation with Iran

Bulgarian Deputy Tourism Minister Irena Georgieva underlined the need for broadening cooperation with Iran in exchanging tourists.

"Bulgaria is keen to have close relations with Iranian tourism and travel agencies," Georgieva said in a meeting with Iran's Cultural Attaché to Bulgaria Mohammad Ali Kiani.

 She also voiced he country's readiness to sign cooperation document between Iran and Bulgaria.

 "About 18,569 Iranian tourists visited Bulgaria during the first seven months of 2017 which show 10.5 percent rise compared with the same period last year," Georgieva added.

 Kiani, for his part, voiced his country's readiness to expand tourism cooperation with Iran.

 In relevant remarks in early March, Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that his country considers broadening of relations with Bulgaria as highly important.

"I hope to witness the expansion of Tehran-Sofia relations," Jahangiri said in a message to Bulgarian Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov.

 He reiterated that the private sectors of the two countries have vast capacities for boosting trade exchanges.