West Germany and Bulgaria have pledged to step up trade and industrial cooperation expand political contacts.
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ZHIVKOV AND PARTY WALKING TOWARDS WALTER SCHEEL: GUARDS AT VILLA HAMMERSCHMIDT: NEWSMEN: SCHMIDT TALKING TO ZHIVKOV: PALAIS SCHAUMBURG: ZHIVKOV AND SCHMIDT AT TABLE BEFORE SIGNING: DOCUMENT PLACED ON TABLE: SCHMIDT AND ZHIVKOV SIGNING: NEWSMEN WATCH AS SCHMIDT AND ZHIVKOV SHAKE HANDS.
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Background: West Germany and Bulgaria have pledged to step up trade and industrial cooperation expand political contacts.
The pledge came in a joint declaration on Thursday ( 25 November) after talks in Bonn between Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov.
Mr. Zhivkov arrived in Bonn on Monday on the first state visit to West Germany by a Bulgarian President since world war two.
West Germany established diplomatic relations with Bulgaria in 1973 and has become its biggest western trading partner, with a balance of almost three to one in West Germany's favour.
A separate accord on economic cooperation was also signed on Tuesday by West German Economics Minister Hans Friderichs and Bulgarian Foreign Trade Minister Ivan Nedev.
The agreement is designed partly to give West German companies easier access to the Bulgarian market and complements a ten-year accord signed last year on economic, industrial and technical cooperation.
A third accord, on cultural cooperation, was signed by the two Foreign Ministers, West germany's Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Bulgaria's Petar Mladenov. This accord provides for more exchanges of students and scientists.
A political declaration was also signed but its details have not yet been made public.
SYNPOSIS: On the first day of his visit to Bonn, Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov was received by West German President Walter Scheel at his official residence at the Villa Hammerschmidt. It was the first state visit to West Germany by a Bulgarian President since the second world war, and by the next day, several accords were signed by the two countries.
Speaking to newsman, President Scheel said the visit of the Bulgarian President should make clear that both sides had a strong desire to develop the relationship which started with the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1973. Since then, West Germany has become Bulgaria's biggest trading partner among all western nations.
On the second day of the West German visit, President Zhivkov and the rest of the Bulgarian delegation went to the Palais Schaumburg where a number of agreement were signed. Among them was a pledge which came in a joint declaration that trade and industrial cooperation would be stepped up and political contacts expanded between the two countries. The pledge followed talks between the Bulgarian President and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt . A political declaration was also signed but its details were not made public.