Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and Bulgaria's prime minister Boiko Borissov, left, review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara, March 20 2012.
A total of 17 documents were signed in Ankara on March 20 2012 during a visit to the Turkish capital by a Bulgarian Cabinet delegation headed by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov for the first meeting of the Bulgarian-Turkish High-Level Co-operation Council.
Among the documents signed was a a joint declaration on speeding up the setting up of an interconnector between the natural gas transmission systems of Bulgaria and Turkey.
Bilateral agreements were signed on various topics from economic co-operation to culture.
Bulgaria and Turkey support the aspirations of the Arab peoples to freedom and democracy, according to a joint statement signed by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu, who were among ministers who met their counterparts in the framework of the Bulgarian visit.
Fundamental human rights, freedom, justice, democracy and dignity are universal human values that all members of the international community have a primary obligation and responsibility to protect, the statement by Mladenov and Davutoğlu said .
Both countries appealed for an international effort for an immediate end to the bloodshed in Syria and for dialogue and a transition to democracy in the Arab country. In this regard the upcoming meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group, which will be held in Istanbul, will be significant, the statement said.
The two neighbouring countries will closely co-operate within Nato, in the development of missile defence, intended to ensure the security of all countries of the Alliance, and in the operation in Afghanistan.
Bulgaria and Turkey welcomed the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the country and said that they fully supported the new government in Sarajevo in the implementation of necessary reforms.