Current News

Current News

 Bush Gets Warm Welcome in Bulgaria, Shakes Hands with People, Troops. Laura Bush with Separate Agenda in Bulgaria's Capital.

Bush Gets Warm Welcome in Bulgaria, Shakes Hands with People, Troops. Laura Bush with Separate Agenda in Bulgaria's Capital.

6/11/2007 10:45:25 AM

A warm welcome by the head of the Bulgarian presidential cabinet Nikola Kolev (L) set the tone for the visit of US President George Bush in Bulgaria. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

US President George Bush, who is in Sofia on the final leg of an eight-day European tour, was officially welcomed Monday morning with a red carpet ceremony on Alexander Nevksy square.

Despite the unprecedented security measures, hundreds of Bulgarians gathered on the square in downtown Sofia to see President Bush and his spouse. The people warmly welcomed him, waving flags, and were more than happy when he broke the protocol to approach and shake hands with them.

President Bush congratulated also troops, who served in Bulgaria's missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The national anthems of Bulgaria and the United States and a 21-gun salute were performed in honour of President Bush. He reviewed the guard of honour and laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.

After the ceremony Bush headed for talks with the Bulgarian President and Prime Minister, which are expected to focus on independence for Kosovo, the sitting of a proposed US missile defence system in Europe, the HIV trial of five Bulgarian nurses in Libya and the visa regime for Bulgarians.

Bulgaria, a NATO member since April 2004 and EU member since January, 2007, is one of America's new and staunchest post-Cold War allies in Europe.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed in April last year the agreement for the location of US military bases on the territory of the Black Sea country. More than 3,000 US troops are due to start arriving at a new base in Bulgaria in September, as part of a US policy to move many of its European forces closer to the Middle East.

Bush's tour has taken him to the summit of G8 leaders in Germany, as well as the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Albania.

Bill Clinton was the first US president to visit Bulgaria, in November 1999.

Sofia News Agency


Easter thoughts on Christ and his resurrection - the Turin shroud
Around Easter people always think and talk about miracles and the resurrection of Christ. The story of the Turin Shroud is one of the miraculous stories we have to accept and not seek for expalnati...
Easter Bunny History
Easter Bunny History
4/23/2019 9:00:00 AM
The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore.
World Book and Copyright Day
World Book and Copyright Day
4/23/2019 6:00:00 AM
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
Earth Day
Earth Day
4/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.
HOLY WEEK before Easter
HOLY WEEK before Easter
4/22/2019 8:00:00 AM
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
TSVETNITSA - VRUBNITSA (Palm Sunday)
Name day of everyone named after a flower, bush or tree (Tsvetelina, Lilia, Yavor, Yassen, Roza, Iglika, Violeta, Varban, Latinka, Temenuga, Karamfila, Zdravko, Kamelia etc).
Anniversary of the April Uprising
Anniversary of the April Uprising
4/20/2019 12:57:00 PM
Various initiatives throughout Bulgaria are to mark today the 143. anniversary since the April Uprising.
Today is LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day)
Name day for everyone having the name of  Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.
12.04.1961 - First space flight
12.04.1961 - First space flight
4/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
On April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 1
Today we mark International Roma Day
On April 8 we mark International Roma Day. On the occasion Sofia will be the venue of a forum entitled “European funds: possibilities for support of Roma integration”.