Clinton: Bulgaria Is Democratic Example for Arab World

Diplomacy | February 5, 2012, Sunday // 16:37|  views

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov during Clinton's official visit to Sofia Sunday. Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria is a success story in the transition from an authoritarian regime to democracy and could help countries in the Arab World, stated US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in Sofia.

Sunday Clinton is on an official visit to the Bulgarian capital, where she discussed key global and bilateral matters with local leaders.

The US Secretary of State said that Bulgaria has effected its transition from an authoritarian regime to democracy in an exemplary way.

"It is a great pleasure to see the progress you achieved in deepening democracy," said Clinton, adding that countries from the Arab World could learn from Bulgaria.

She commended the Sofia Platform initiative taken up by Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikolay Mladenov, bringing democracy activists from the Arab countries, including those that experienced the Arab spring.

According to Clinton, Bulgaria is in the position to exert influence and to spread its good example to other countries.

She added she is looking forward to the third edition of the Sofia Platform later this year.

Sunday the US Secretary of State, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov and FM Nikolay Mladenov said that the US and Bulgaria will join forces to pressure the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria to desist from using violence.

Bulgaria and the USA condemned Russia and China for Saturday's veto against a UN Security Council resolution censuring the Syrian regime.

Following the failure of the UN Security Council, a non-UN coalition must be gathered to pressure Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to step down, stated Clinton.


Tags: Hillary Clinton, Syrian, Syria, China, Russia, USA, US, American, democracy, Democratic, transition, arab spring, Arab world, Nikolay Mladenov, Boyko Borisov

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