Turkish President visits Bulgaria

Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, and First Lady, Hayrunnisa Gul, have arrived in Sofia for their official two-day visit.

The visit of the Turkish Head of State is on the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov and is his first one the since he stepped in office in 2007.

The two are scheduled to close the Bulgarian-Turkish business forum, which is held in Sofia in the frame of the visit.

In addition to Parvanov, Gul will meet with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the Speaker of the Parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva, the Chief Mufti, Mustafa Alish Hadzhi, and the Chair of the Parliamentary Group for Bulgarian-Turkish Friendship, Ramadan Atalay from the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

During the second day of the visit Gul will travel to the ancient Bulgarian capital Pliska and the city of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria.

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