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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 13, 2018. Abir Sultan/Pool via Reuters

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Bulgaria is interested in joint unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) production with Israel, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.

"We will discuss whether we can make joint production in the area of defence, especially when it comes to that extremely modern and powerful weapon, drones," Borissov told reporters before meeting his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Israel rivals the United States as a top UAV exporter and has cooperated with Russia and India on drone technologies.

UAVs accounted for 2 percent of Israel's defence sales in 2017, according to government data released last month. Total defence sales in 2017 were valued at $9.2 billion.

(Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Jeffrey Heller and Jason Neely)

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