Armed Forces chief visits Sofia

The head of Greece's Armed Forces General Staff General Ioannis Giagkos on Thursday had a meeting with Bulgaria's Defence Minister Anyu Angelov, during a visit to Sofia at the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart General Simeon Simeonov.
In statements afterward, Angelov said that Greece and Bulgaria were an example of model regional cooperation in defence, pointing out that the two countries were the first to sign an air policing agreement.

A Bulgarian defence ministry announcement said that General Giagkos expressed the Greek side's support for Sofia's request to have the South East European Brigade (SEEBRIG) headquarters permanently based in Bulgaria.
In talks with his Greek counterpart, General Simeonov also briefed him on reforms to Bulgaria's armed forces that are due to be completed in three years time and expressed satisfaction with the high level of cooperation between the two armies.

Talking to the ANA-MPA after visiting the Graf Ignatievo air base near Plovdiv, which was recently modernised to meet NATO standards, General Giagkos said there was a new momentum in defence cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria.

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