President Jokowi hails Bulgaria`s aspirations to serve as Asia-Europe bridge

President Jokowi hails Bulgaria`s aspirations to serve as Asia-Europe bridge

The Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in Jakarta, Wednesday (March 30, 2016). (ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan)

Bulgaria is Indonesia`s ninth-largest trade partner in Eastern and Central Europe."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has hailed Bulgarias wish to act a bridge between Asia and Europe, especially for promoting business interests.

The president made the statement while receiving visiting Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and his delegation at a meeting at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who accompanied President Widodo at the meeting, stated that Bulgaria hoped to serve as a bridge for building relations between Asia and Europe.

"Bulgaria is one of the European Union member countries, which is closest to Asia, and therefore, it is optimistic of functioning as a bridge between Asia and Europe," she emphasized.

Marsudi remarked that the country lauded Bulgarias "East Work Policy" to intensify its relations with Asia, and Indonesia has been one of its priorities.

"The president hails the policy of Bulgarias president," she noted.

At the meeting, President Widodo shed light on the countrys economy that grew 5.04 percent last year.

He also spoke at length about infrastructure development in the country.

At the meeting, the two countries expressed their commitment to enhancing relations, especially in the economic field.

"Bulgaria is Indonesias ninth-largest trade partner in Eastern and Central Europe. The potential is huge, but trade figures are still small, and so, there is still room for development," he added.

(Reporting by Hanni Sofia Soepardi/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/S012)

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