SOFIA, Bulgaria - Bulgaria's defense minister will sign two accords with Israel while on a two-day visit to Israel that starts Jan. 16, his office said.
Anu Angelov will ink a deal on increasing cooperation on military training and another on closer ties between the two countries' armaments industries, the Bulgarian defense ministry said.
The defence industry is an important employer in Bulgaria, exporting $380 million (300 million euros) worth of arms in 2011, according to a newspaper report, although the sector is a 10th of the size of during Soviet times.
Bulgaria and Israel enjoy close ties, helped by Bulgaria having been the only ally of Nazi Germany to have saved Jews from the death camps during World War II. Angelov will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on his trip.