One of the main objectives of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is to pursue an active policy aimed at strengthening the position of the Republic of Bulgaria as a reliable ally and partner of NATO and the EU, at reinforcing international presence, and at making the country a key factor in South-East Europe and the Black Sea Region. In order to accomplish this, Bulgarian authorities are deliberately trying to sign bilateral military agreements with several countries. Accordingly, an agreement on Joint Military Training and Exercises was signed on January 15th 2012, between Mr. Anu Anguelov, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Mr. Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the State of Israel.
The aim of the bilateral agreement is to extend the military cooperation between the two countries by conducting joint training activities, which will result in greater interoperability and improvement of the level of training and preparedness of formations of the Armed Forces for work in international environment.
This was not the only agreement signed between the two countries, as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Defence of Israel on Cooperation in the Field of the Defence Industry.
At the signature ceremony the Bulgarian Minister of Defence Mr. Anguelov stated
: "I am confident that the two agreements signed today are not simply a document concerning the business and a document concerning the armies of the two countries; they also bear their political message: Bulgaria and Israel are now a step further along the road towards enhanced partnership and strategic dialogue".
A month earlier, on December 8th, Mr. Anguelov, and Gen. Liang Guanglie, Minister of National Defence and State Counselor of the People’s Republic of China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at the further enhancement of the cooperation between the Republic of Bulgaria and the People’s Republic of China in the field of defence.
This was a reaffirmation of the good relations between the two countries in the field of defence and outlines the priority guidelines for development of the cooperation which are: military training and education and exchange of trainees and trainers; military-technical and military-economic cooperation and technology transfer; exchange of experience related to peacekeeping operations, counter terrorist activities, and training and preparation of Special Operations Forces, disasters and emergencies, and naval activities.
Regarding the signature of the MoU Mr. Anguelov stated
that “The Memorandum provides a horizon for the even more practical and beneficial cooperation between the two countries in the field of defence, and will contribute to the enhancement of the long-lasting tradition of good relations between the two armies”.
Epicos Newsletter Head Editor