Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev who is in Azerbaijan to attend the closing ceremony of the First European Games.
President Aliyev welcomed President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev.
The importance of the Baku-hosted First European Games was underlined during the meeting. President Plevneliev congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on the successful holding of the first ever European Games, and thanked the head of state on behalf of the Bulgarian people for the excellent organization of the Games.
Rosen Plevneliev said Azerbaijan wrote history of the European Games, which, he added, remained just an idea for decades. President Rosen Plevneliev said that Bulgarian athletes were impressed by the conditions created for them in Baku, adding they have never seen this in any other place. The Bulgarian head of state noted that apartments where the athletes live and sport infrastructure meet highest standards.
President Ilham Aliyev said that at some point there was a pessimistic approach to the idea of the European Games and these Games, which did not had their own standards, were considered unnecessary.
"We decided to set highest possible standards for these Games. And know everybody sees that these standards are those of the Summer Olympic Games," said the head of state, adding that the European Games even outclass the Summer Olympic Games for some parameters.
President Ilham Aliyev said delegations of other countries also note that the First European Games were excellently organized.
The parties expressed satisfaction with the high level of the bilateral relations between the two countries. The presidents stressed that there are good opportunities for developing the relations in political economic, energy, healthcare and other areas.