President Parvanov: Boosting of Economic Ties, Increasing of Swedish Investments in Bulgaria Key Goals Of Visit to Stockholm

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Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov defined promotion of economic relations and increasing of the investment inflow from Sweden to Bulgaria as key goals of his visit to Stockholm, BTA reports.

The Bulgarian Head of State opened a visit to Sweden earlier on Tusday at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf. Purvanov is returning the official visit to Bulgaria by the Swedish royal couple in 2000.

The presidential delegation includes Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin, Economy and Energy Minister Peter Dimitrov, Defence Minister Vesselin Bliznakov and the chief of the Information Security Commission, Tsveta Markova, among others. A business delegation is going, too.

This is the first official visit by a Bulgarian Head of State to Sweden, Reinfefldt said. He stressed that bilateral relations have been strengthened adding that Bulgaria is a newly discovered destination for Swedish tourists.

The political dialogue between the two countries' institutions have intensified, which outlines the European perspective in bilateral relations, President Purvanov said.

The Bulgarian position involving that the name of the single European currency is inscribed as "evro" [the Bulgarian pronunciation of the word] was met with understanding, Purvanov said.

He voiced the gratitude of the Bulgarian government, parliament and institutions for the release of the Bulgarian medics, held for more than eight years in Libyan custody in a HIV scandal.

Taking a question, Swedish Prime Minister Reinfefldt said that the Gripen project (on the purchase of fighters for the Bulgarian Air Force) would guarantee accompanying deals and would have a positive effect on bilateral relations.

Earlier in the day Purvanov met with Swedish Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg. The Bulgarian President viosited the Swedish Royal Academy and the Nobel Museum.

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