Turkish, Bulgarian transporters to cooperate closely

Two countries' transport associations promise to work closely after resolution of recent transit row.

Two countries' transport associations promise to work closely after resolution of recent transit row.

ISTANBUL - The leading road transport associations of Turkey and Bulgaria reached a cooperation agreement Thursday after the resolution of a recent transit row between the neighbor countries.

Turkey’s International Transport Companies Association (UND) and the Association of Bulgarian Enterprises for International Road Transport (AEBTRI) agreed to step up cooperation and to convene twice a year to discuss issues concerning both parties.

According to the press statement released by UND, the agreement will help maintain stronger relations between the two associations and avoid misunderstandings.

UND Chairman Cetin Nuhoglu said the agreement was also a message to the transport ministries of both countries.

Earlier this month, the neighboring countries closed their borders after Sofia approved only 5,000 of the 125,000 transit permits requested by Turkish trucks at the beginning of the year.

The row ended late Wednesday when Turkish Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan announced that Bulgaria had issued around 100,000 passes.

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