Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, left, with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their meeting in Sofia, July 7 2011
Bulgaria’s Parliament voted on April 6 2012 to ratify a military co-operation agreement with Israel, signed in January.
The vote was 94 for, 25 abstentions and none against.
The agreement regulates the conduct of joint training activities in the territory of each country and is expected to increase interoperability and enhance co-operation between the armed forces of Bulgaria and Israel, and to improve the preparedness of Bulgarian units operating in an international environment.
Setting out its motivation for the agreement, Bulgaria’s Government said that Israel is an associate of the European Union, an active participant in the initiative of Nato's Mediterranean Dialogue and is among six Mediterranean partners of the OSCE. Israel participates in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation as an observer.