site.btaBulgaria Backs World Food Programme's Response to Food Crisis in Lake Chad Area
Bulgarian caretaker Deputy Foreign Minister Velislava Petrova addressed a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development) in Brussels on Monday, Petrova's Ministry said in a press release.
The Deputy Minister said that Bulgaria supports the efforts of the World Food Programme to cope with the food crisis in the Lake Chad area, provides a contribution to Algeria in support of refugees in the camp near the town of Tindouf, and its Official Development Assistance Programme for 2022 has joined a Team Europe project for local vaccine production in Nigeria.
"Bulgaria is sharing in the joint efforts, making a specific contribution in various areas," Petrova said, referring to EU-Africa cooperation in food security, peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, mobility and migration.
Focusing on Team Europe's crisis response in Ukraine, ministers discussed the complex situation caused by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The Deputy Minister briefed the Council on the Bulgarian Parliament's resolution on an increase of the comprehensive support that the Bulgarian Government provides to Ukraine in a number of areas.
The European development ministers exchanged views on the way forward following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021.
"The EU should keep its pragmatic approach towards the Taliban while standing up for universal standards and values, with a focus on support for Afghan people by stepping up the coordinated action of the international community in a number of key areas, including humanitarian assistance, support for the provision of essential services, and protection of children's and women's rights," Petrova said.