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Big Increase in Arms Imports from Bulgaria

By John Lee. Iraq bought EUR 159.6 millon in arms and munitions from Bulgaria in 2015 compared to EUR 80.1 million for 2014. In 2013, Bulgaria’s permits to Iraq were worth EUR 24.8 million and exports made were EUR 6.171 million, according to an annual government report. (Source: Novinite) (Arms image via Shutterstock)

Mladenov to be New UN Mideast Envoy

By John Lee. The UN Security Council has reportedly approved the appointment of Nikolay Mladenov as the United Nations’ top Middle East envoy, replacing Dutch diplomat Robert Serry. Mladenov, aged 42, has been the UN envoy in Iraq since August 2013, and has previously served as Bulgarian foreign and defense minister. No replacement for Mladenov […]

Bulgaria to Open Consulate in Erbil

The Head of Trade and Economic Section of Republic of Bulgaria in Erbil, Mr. Dimitar Ougrinov, today met with the KRG Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss bilateral ties and the latest developments. Mr. Ougrinov announced that Bulgaria places great importance on enhancing relations with the Kurdistan Region and stated […]

Bulgaria to Open Consulate in Erbil

By John Lee. Bulgaria’s government has decided to open a consulate in Erbil, according to a report from Sofia News Agency. In the beginning of 2013, Bulgaria reopened its embassy in Baghdad, which had been closed since 2003. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

Bulgaria to Export Food, Cigs to Iraq

By John Lee. Bulgarian representatives have discussed with Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Al Shahristani the possibility of increasing the export of Bulgarian grains, meat, eggs, vegetable oil and cigarettes to Iraq. Earlier this year, Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov opened a new Bulgarian Embassy in Baghdad; Mr Mladenov has since been appointed […]

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Bulgaria Names Official Air Carrier to Iraq

Bulgarian government has officially chosen Balkan Holidays Airlines (BH Air) as the official airline between Bulgaria and Iraq. The cabinet authorized the airline to fly routes agreed under the Agreement on Air Transport between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Republic of Iraq, signed on 15 November 1966 in Sofia. […]

Bulgaria Opens Embassy in Iraq

By John Lee. Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov (pictured), has opened a new Bulgarian Embassy in Baghdad. The Minister’s Chief of Staff, Valeri Rachev, has been appointed Ambassador in Baghdad on a temporary basis until the Cabinet appoints a permanent representative. Bulgaria had an Embassy in Iraq, but it was closed in 2003 […]

Bulgaria to Open Iraqi Embassy in January

By John Lee. Bulgaria has pledged to open an embassy in Iraq in January, according to a report from Novinite. In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, senior Iraqi parlamentarian Humam Hamoudi said that Iraq and Bulgaria need to boost bilateral relations. He added: “Iraq is very interested in Bulgaria’s experience in the health sector, […]

EU Foreign Ministers Impressed by Progress in Kurdistan

The foreign ministers of Sweden, Poland and Bulgaria yesterday arrived together in the Kurdistan Region where they met President Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation and to talk about the latest political developments in Iraq and the ongoing crisis in Syria. President Barzani welcomed the three foreign ministers, […]

Bulgaria to Sell 500 Armoured Personnel Carriers to Iraq

The Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has reportedly negotiated a deal for the supply of 500 MT-LB armoured vehicles to Iraq. According to a report from the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA), the deal was sealed on Thursday in the presence of Iraq’s Acting Minister of Defence, Sadun al-Dulaymi Minister, (Sadoun al-Dulaimi), at the Hemus 2012 International […]

Bulgaria to Reopen Baghdad Embassy, and Launch Erbil Consulate

Bulgaria plans to reopen its embassy in Baghdad and open a new consulate in Erbil this year, according to AKnews. The announcement was made during a meeting between Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov during a recent trip to Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s embassy in Baghdad was closed in 2003. In a […]

President Barzani Leads Official Delegation to Bulgaria

On an official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria last week, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani held meetings with the country’s leaders to promote bilateral relations and cooperation. President Barzani met President Rosen Plevneliev and talked about the many cultural and historical similarities that the people of Kurdistan and Bulgaria share. “Our peoples have much in common. […]