Former Bulgarian PM Borissov meets Turkey’s Erdogan ahead of elections

Borissov thanked Erdogan for good relations, migration policy and the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which transits Russian gas to Europe, and Bulgaria’s highways, despite most of them being built with EU money. [EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA]

GERB party leader and former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov met with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday, broadcasting parts of the meeting on the Bulgarian politician’s Facebook page.

Borissov thanked Erdogan for good relations, migration policy and the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which transits Russian gas to Europe, and Bulgaria’s highways, despite most of them being built with EU money. 

Erdogan called Borissov his “best friend” and wished him success in the election. The Turkish leader also promised the continuation of a good migration policy and that “our borders will still be as well guarded as before”. Borissov replied that “Bulgarian Muslims are a bridge of friendship between the two peoples.” 

GERB deputy chairman and former Bulgarian foreign minister Daniel Mitov explained that Borissov’s visit to Istanbul was informal and not planned in advance. 

Borissov is the second party leader to meet with Erdogan before the election. In early June, a Turkish MRF delegation led by the movement’s chairman, Mustafa Karadayi, met with the Turkish president. The MRF leader then said he was fighting to “protect his Turkish identity” and 50,000 votes from Turkey. 

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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