Bulgaria, previously a socialist republic, is presently following parliamentary democracy after the fall of the Warsaw Pact. Nepal and Bulgaria share common views on the basis of shared democratic values and common adherence to peace. Nepal and Bulgaria have maintained close contact and cooperation in many international forums. Nepal and Bulgaria hold similar views on strengthening the international security by contributing through participation in UN Peace Keeping operations.
Nepal and Bulgaria established their diplomatic relations on 15 April 1968. The bilateral relations subsisting so happily between the two countries are based on friendship, mutual understanding and goodwill. The Nepalese Ambassador to the Russian Federation resident at Moscow is accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria and Bulgarian Ambassador to the Republic of India resident in New Delhi is accredited to Nepal.
Nepal’s landscape, specially the Himalayan range, is very much popular among the people in Bulgaria. In this light there are opportunities to promote Nepal’s tourism industry in Bulgaria. As EU member Bulgaria supports Nepal in its development efforts. Bulgaria became member of the European Union on January 1, 2007.
Exchange of Visits
There is no record of incoming visits from Bulgaria, except for former Foreign Minister Mr. Solomon Passy who met with the Hon. Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs on 23 August 2012.
Late king Mahendra had once paid an official visit to Bulgaria around 1970. The then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. K. P Sharma Oli met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Mr. Ivailo Kalfin on the sidelines of 61st UNGA in New York on 21 September 2006.
Major export items to Bulgaria:
Major import items from Bulgaria:
The volume of trade between Nepal and Bulgaria is negligible, as given below:
(Source: TEPC, Amount in US $)
Europe America Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs