Participants of the "Defense and Security Senior Program" of the Defence Institution Building School visited the Republic of Bulgaria within the framework of the "International and Regional Security" module. As part of the study tour, the study group visited the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv.
The study group had official meetings at the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Rakasovski National Defense College. The study group was hosted by the rector of the Bulgarian Defense College, Major General Todor Dochev, and various officials of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The purpose of the study tour was to increase the knowledge of participants of the program regarding the security context of the Wider Black Sea countries. During the study tour, the students discussed the vision of the Republic of Bulgaria on the strategic goals and tasks of the Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria, the main directions of the Bulgarian foreign policy, the tasks, and functions of the Bulgarian strategic military training institution, as well as the ways and challenges of Bulgaria-Georgia cooperation. In the framework of the tour, the study group additionally visited historical monuments and other cultural attractions in Bulgaria.
The participants of the program were also at the Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of Bulgaria in the city of Sofia. An interesting dialogue was held with the representatives of the embassy on various issues of Georgia-Bulgaria cooperation.
The study visit was coordinated and organized by the representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Military Attaché of Georgia (in the Republics of Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Greece), and the Defense Institutional Building School.