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In phone summit, Bulgaria requests S. Korea's virus test kits

All Headlines 17:45 March 31, 2020

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Tuesday requested South Korea's help in the fight against the coronavirus, especially the supply of testing kits, speaking by telephone with President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae said.

In the 15-minute conversation, made at his request, the Bulgarian leader pointed out that the world is paying heed to South Korea as an "exemplary case" in quarantine.

He then cited hikes in demand for testing in Bulgaria and said the country is in desperate need of testing kits, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.

Moon replied that his government would "actively consider" ways to provide help and suggested consultations on details through the diplomatic channel, including the amount of goods, shipment schedule and transport.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds phone talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on March 31, 2020, in this photo provided by Moon's office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

He reaffirmed the government's plan to share its experience and knowhow on the COVID-19 response with the international community.

Borissov took note of South Korea's "technology, science, clinical data and treatment experience" as well, Kang said.

South Korea has been lauded for its relatively effective handling of the virus, highlighted by its quick and aggressive testing, tracing and treatment.

The leaders also expressed hope that exchanges between their countries, which mark the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year, will get more active as soon as the pandemic is brought under control.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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