President Moon Jae-in spoke with Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, at the Prime Minister’s request, for 15 minutes by phone from 4:00 p.m. today. During their telephone conversation, the two leaders exchanged views on how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak spreading globally.
President Moon began by noting the fact that the two countries’ heads of state exchanged congratulatory letters on March 23 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Bulgaria. The President expressed his hope that bilateral cooperation as well as exchanges of people and goods, which have slipped slightly due to the COVID-19 outbreak, would return even stronger as soon as the outbreak is brought under control.
In response, Prime Minister Borissov said that the world is paying attention to Korea as an exemplary case in terms of quarantine systems. The Prime Minister went on to say that diagnostic kits have now become essential for swift testing as demand for COVID-19 testing has recently increased in Bulgaria, and he requested cooperation.
President Moon replied, “Korea will give positive consideration to providing assistance to Bulgaria. Let’s discuss the quantity, schedule and methods of shipment in detail through the two countries’ diplomatic channels.”
President Moon noted that the Republic of Korea has accumulated relatively abundant experience and clinical data as it had to deal with the spread of COVID-19 earlier than states in Europe, and he expressed his willingness to actively share these with the international community.
Prime Minister Borissov expressed his gratitude and said he holds Korea’s technological competency, science, clinical data and treatment experience in high regard. The Prime Minister went on to say that he would personally explain before Bulgaria’s National Assembly that Korea, which faced the COVID-19 outbreak ahead of his country, is implementing quarantine measures that provide hope.
Before finishing their conversation, the two leaders agreed that both countries should closely work together in the course of surmounting the COVID-19 outbreak in the same way that they have continued to advance cooperative relations for the past 30 years.