On 9-11 March 2016 the President of the Republic of Bulgaria H.E. Mr. Rosen Plevneliev visited Baku to attend the 4th Global Baku Forum hosted by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. During the visit, President R.Plevneliev met the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev.
At the meeting the sides noted with satisfaction the rapid development of bilateral relations in recent years. They emphasized the fact that this relationship reached the level of strategic partnership. Investment opportunities in energy, pharmaceuticals and other sectors were discussed. Prospects for Azerbaijan - European Union relations were positively assessed and the Bulgarian President expressed his country`s readiness to contribute to the expansion of these relations.
Both Presidents agreed that the 4th Global Baku Forum was a useful platform for an exchange of views on important issues on the global agenda.
During the visit President R. Plevneliev was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa degree the Baku State University. Rector of the University, professor Abel Maharramov presented the award to the Bulgarian head of state in a ceremony attended by the University`s students, faculty members and scientific board.
The rector described President R.Plevneliev as one of prominent politicians in the world: “Mr. Plevneliev has played a crucial role in ensuring prosperity of Bulgaria, strengthening democratic values, ensuring the country`s European integration. He has also made a vital contribution to the development of science and education.”
Professor A.Maharramov also hailed the Bulgarian President`s relations with Azerbaijan: “Mr.Plevneliev has always supported Azerbaijan`s just position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He places a particular emphasis on the Bulgarian-Azerbaijani relations.”
Addressing the ceremony, R. Plevneliev said: “From now on the Baku State University is my university.” He promised to attend events celebrating the University`s centennial in 2019. He praised Bulgarian-Azerbaijani relations saying his country was interested in developing cooperation in the field of education.