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CIA director praises Bulgaria progress

CIA director praises Bulgaria progress
Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus arrives for a Joint Intelligence Committee hearing on the state of intelligence reform 10 years after 9/11 in Washington on September 13, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

SOFIA, Bulgaria, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. CIA Director David Petraeus Thursday praised military and intelligence advances in Bulgaria during a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.

Petraeus lauded Bulgaria's contributions to coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and said he hoped to create a stronger bond between the CIA and Bulgarian intelligence.

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Petraeus met with President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Minister of Defense Anyu Angelov and the directors of several intelligence agencies, Focus News Agency reported.

Following the meetings, Petraeus said he was "very impressed" with the outlook Bulgarian leaders have for the country's future.

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