CIA Director welcomes Bulgarian efforts in combating corruption

07.06.2012 - 16:04

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), David H. Petraeus, was on a unofficial visit to Bulgaria in the period 5-7 June.

During his visit, Petraeus met the Bulgarian prime minister, Boyko Borrisov with whom he discussed the efforts put by Bulgaria in fighting terrorism, organized crime and corruption. David Petraeus stressed that the United States approved and encouraged the commitment of Bulgaria to modernisation, as well as the county’s efforts in diversifying energy sources and ensuring greater transparency in the energy sector which, per se, was a prerequisite for the achievement of security and stability in the Balkans.

In addition, the CIA director expressed his appreciation of the good relations between the CIA and the Bulgarian intelligence services and welcomed the achievements made by Bulgaria in the fight against organized crime and corruption. David Petraeus also said that the close partnership between the United States and Bulgaria was particularly important for both countries and he revealed his expectations that the fruitful mutual work in the field of intelligence, as well as in other areas, would become event stronger in future.

At the end of the bi-lateral meeting, Prime Minister Borissov stated: ‘I thank the CIA Director for his appreciation of the efforts made by the Bulgarian government in combating terrorism, organized crime and corruption, as well as for supporting our political will to tackle these problems’. He added: ‘"The mere fact that he spent so much time in Sofia is a sign of confidence which our partners have in us’.

During his three-day visit, David Petraeus also met the Bulgarian President, Rossen Plevneliev. They discussed the common vision of the both countries in relation to the risks and threats to security in the region and globally. During the meeting, the CIA director praised once again the level of cooperation achieved between the Bulgarian and American intelligence services and emphasized Bulgaria’s contribution in the recovery missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the president for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. David H. Petraeus became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6, 2011.