Welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Washington D.C. On June 27th, 2016 I presented my Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America Barack Obama. In my address, I expressed my desire to continue to build upon what we have already achieved in the development of Bulgarian-American relations, as well as to deepen the already established ties of friendship and mutual trust between our peoples.
Despite the twists of fate and the decades of ideological confrontation during the Cold War, today the Republic of Bulgaria and the United States of America share the same democratic values which are at the very heart of the Euro-Atlantic community. During the 19th century the Apostle of Bulgarian Freedom, Vasil Levski, sacrificed his life in the name of a “holy and pure republic” which would guarantee “…brotherhood for all, regardless of religious beliefs and nationalities”.
Led by these same values, as well as the conviction that “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” the Founding Fathers of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which laid the foundation of American statehood.
Today, Bulgaria and the United States are strategic partners that maintain an active dialogue and cooperate in many priority areas: defense and security; counter-terrorism; energy security; the rule of law; education and people to people ties. At the same time, one of the main goals we Bulgarians inherited from Vasil Levski, “being equal with the rest of the European nations”, is now a fact. Bulgaria is part of the European family, an equal and dependable member of the EU and NATO. Our country is a factor for stability in Southeast Europe and upholds a principled policy of integration, connectivity and good-neighborly relations in the region.
In my capacity as Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary in Washington D.C., I will work towards promoting trade and expanding the economic and investment partnership between Bulgaria and the United States. In recent years, the number of Bulgarian companies that are successfully conducting business in America is growing. There is significant potential in the field of information and communication technologies where Bulgaria is a regional leader. This sector of our economy continues to grow sustainably by 10% annually. Global leaders like Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and VMware have opened branches and R&D centers in Bulgaria. In 2015 Sofia was declared the third most attractive start-up capital in Europe and our country – the best European outsourcing destination. We also created “Sofia Tech Park” – the first innovation ecosystem in Southeast Europe, where science and business work hand in hand to develop innovations and support start-up companies.
Familiarizing the American public with the contributions Bulgaria has made to the global cultural heritage is a priority for us. For centuries, Bulgarian land has been a cradle of ancient civilizations, all of which have left their lasting mark on world history. The contribution of the Bulgarian state to the cultural and spiritual substance of the Christian world is also significant.
By safeguarding and continuing the work of the brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Bulgaria became a center for the development and distribution of the Slavic script and culture. Today, the Cyrillic alphabet is used by over 300 million people around the world. I welcome the founding of the Bulgarian-American Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in 2015. The interest that American citizens are showing in Bulgaria and its rich history, culture, traditions and unique nature is growing every year. In that context, the efforts for strengthening the contacts between the peoples of both countries will continue. The inclusion of Bulgaria in the US Visa Waiver Program would create new opportunities for Bulgarian citizens and will continue to be a priority for us.
It is our duty to preserve and spread the intangible cultural heritage not only among our younger generations, but also our foreign friends and partners. To accomplish this task, I will rely on the support of the thousands-strong Bulgarian community in the United States which is a natural bridge between our peoples. The Republic of Bulgaria will continue to support the educational and cultural initiatives of our countrymen in the United State. With their upstanding actions, the various Bulgarian organizations, schools, churches, print and electronic media in America contribute to the preservation of the Bulgarian language, spirit and traditions among the younger generations and keep the link with our Homeland alive.
The shared desire for creating a safe and peaceful world is at the very core of the strategic partnership between our countries. I believe that the Republic of Bulgaria and the United States of America will continue to work together to uphold our common democratic values. The world we will live in tomorrow will depend on our actions!
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America