Obama thanks Bulgaria for Afghanistan efforts

By the Associated Press | December 3, 2012 | 4:34 PM EST

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The two leaders will discuss Bulgaria's role in NATO and its contributions to NATO-led efforts in Afghanistan. They'll also discuss ongoing legal reforms in Bulgaria. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is thanking Bulgaria for its contributions and sacrifices in the U.S.-lead war in Afghanistan.

Obama spoke in the Oval Office alongside Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov ahead of their one-on-one meeting. The president says the two leaders will discuss transition plans in Afghanistan, which call for NATO to wind down its mission by the end of 2014.

The president is also expected to be updated on Bulgaria's investigation into the July terror attack there that killed several Israeli tourists.

On an unseasonably warm day in Washington, Obama also light-heartedly recommended that the prime minister take advantage of the nice weather and see some of the sites around the nation's capital.