Việt Nam considers Bulgaria one of its key partners in Central and Eastern Europe, he said. Jeliazkov, for his part, asserted that Bulgaria considers Việt Nam one of its important partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Bulgaria wants to enhance multifaceted cooperation with Việt Nam to fully optimise their vast potential, he said. He thanked Bulgaria for its assistance in training tens of thousands of Vietnamese officials, students and graduates, including many high-ranking Vietnamese leaders. Việt Nam is ready to work as a gateway and a bridge for Bulgaria to deepen its cooperation with ASEAN, he affirmed.