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Bulgaria and Slovenia Forge Bilateral Relations Rooted in Mutual Respect and Friendship: Slovenian President, Natasa Pirc Musar

Bulgaria and Slovenia Forge Bilateral Relations Rooted in Mutual Respect and Friendship: Slovenian President, Natasa Pirc Musar

Sofia, BULGARIA (BTA/DT) – Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar stated during a joint news briefing with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday that Bulgaria and Slovenia have resolved all outstanding issues and can now concentrate on collaborating on matters crucial to Europe and the global community.

Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar is currently undertaking an official visit at the invitation of President Radev.

Natasa Prits Musar expressed gratitude for Bulgaria’s support to Slovenia following the floods last year. “Numerous countries extended assistance during this challenging time.

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The alterations in our climate are undoubtedly a result of human negligence. Slovenia is actively addressing this issue to prevent similar disasters in other nations and share our expertise,” she stated. “The solidarity demonstrated during our ordeal underscores the strong bond that exists among us and the European Union member states,” added the Slovenian President.

She also highlighted the cultural ties between the two nations.

Her itinerary encompasses a trip to the southern city of Plovdiv on Wednesday, during which she will pay tribute to the Slovenian journalist and shorthand expert Anton Bezenšek.

She further emphasized, “Peace and security stand as the two pillars binding us together. Over the years, our two countries have been steadfast partners within the EU and NATO. This year marks Slovenia’s 20th anniversary since joining both organizations. We appreciate your support for the notion that the inclusion of Western Balkan countries will foster a more peaceful and stable region, although we acknowledge that this endeavor requires collective effort. Since Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union, the region has experienced increased stability, and it is incumbent upon us to extend our assistance.”

She expressed her aspiration for Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia to resolve their outstanding issues. She emphasized that it is crucial for the Western Balkan countries to join the EU “because without their inclusion, the security framework will remain incomplete.”

Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar engages in discussions with businessmen in Sofia on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Photo : Slovenian President’s Twitter/X

Natasa Prits Musar highlighted the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, stating, “This tragic event still haunts us, and we must redouble our efforts to facilitate the accession of these countries to the EU.”

The Slovenian President highlighted her arrival in Bulgaria with a substantial business delegation. Later today, at a business forum, they will deliberate on enhancing cooperation, fostering economic ties, and promoting trade exchanges.

“We experienced a 40% surge in investments and exchanges in 2022. We aspire for further growth in the future. Bulgaria holds significant appeal for numerous Slovenian enterprises, particularly in the culinary and agricultural sectors, and across various industries,” remarked the Slovenian President.

Diplomatic Relations Between Bulgaria and Slovenia

Diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Slovenia were established in 1992, with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ljubljana opening its doors in 1993. Conversely, Slovenia inaugurated its Embassy in Sofia on October 24, 2018.

Bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Slovenia are characterized by their excellence, with no outstanding issues. These relations are marked by regular political dialogue and the deepening of cooperation across various sectors. The successful progression of bilateral relations is underpinned by shared objectives stemming from their membership in the EU and NATO, as well as their joint commitment to supporting the European integration of Western Balkan countries and ensuring regional security and prosperity.

Both nations boast strong bilateral cooperation in public order, crime prevention, and the protection of external Schengen borders.

Efforts to bolster bilateral economic cooperation are encouraged. The re-establishment of the Trade and Economic Affairs Office of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ljubljana underscores Bulgaria’s commitment to furthering fruitful economic ties between the two nations.

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