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Bulgarian President meets Danish prince

On September 15 2008, Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov met Frederik, crown prince of Denmark, who arrived on an official visit to Bulgaria with his wife Mary, the press service of the Presidency said in a statement.

Over talks, Purvanov stressed the good relations between Bulgaria and Denmark, including co-operation in culture, education, tourism and investments. The two officials agreed that in spite of what has been achieved so far, a number of unexploited opportunities still remain in all spheres of bilateral ties.

Purvanov thanked Prince Frederik for Denmark's support during the process of accession of Bulgaria to the European Union, as well as for the training of personnel for Bulgaria's state administration.

The two looked into the importance of reducing noxious carbon dioxide emissions, with Frederik inviting Purvanov to attend an international conference dedicated to these problems in Copenhagen in the autumn of 2009.

During the meeting, co-operation between Bulgaria and Denmark in international organisations received high assessment and Purvanov introduced his guest to the Bulgarian candidature for the post of director-general of UNESCO.

The heir to the Danish throne and his wife will stay in the country until September 17.

Other than Purvanov, on September 15 Prince Frederik held talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament Georgi Pirinski, while
Princess Mary had a meeting with the president's wife, Zorka Purvanova. They also visited Sofia's St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Over the next two days, they will also visit the National Museum of History in Sofia, along with the old town of Plovdiv and Troyan Monastery, among other attractions.

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