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Bulgaria: Foreign Minister Visits Denmark

Copenhagen, 26 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nadezhda Mihailova today opened a a two-day visit to Denmark, during which she will meet Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and Foreign Minister Niels Helveg Petersen.

Two agreements are scheduled to be signed during the visit. One regulates the repatriation of illegal aliens of either country. Our Copenhagen correspondent reports that such bilateral treaties between Bulgaria and most other western European countries already exist, designed mainly to try to reduce illegal immigration by Bulgarians.

The other agreement will lift visa requirements for bearers of Bulgarian diplomatic passports. Currently, a Bulgarian diplomat requires a visa to visit most of Western Europe, including Denmark.

Bi-lateral talks are expected to focus on Bulgaria's aspirations for European Union and NATO membership.