Deputy Secretary John Sullivan's Meetings with Bulgaria's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zakharieva

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 15, 2018

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎

In Sofia on December 14, during a meeting with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan advocated for NATO-interoperable U.S. systems as Bulgaria seeks to modernize its armed forces. The Deputy Secretary also emphasized the importance of further developing U.S.-Bulgarian commercial ties, fostering stability and economic development of the Western Balkans, and developing ever-closer cooperation within NATO. He also highlighted the importance for Bulgaria of enhancing its energy security.