Bulgarian Interior Minister Receives DEA Accolades in Bali

Diplomacy | June 13, 2012, Wednesday // 14:43|  views

US DEA head Michelle Leonhart (l) who was in Bulgaria in April for the official opening of the DEA office in Sofia has invited Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov (r) to the Bali event. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, is on a trip to the island of Bali to take part in an international conference on the fight against illegal drug trafficking and distribution.

Tsvetanov is accompanied by the Head of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP, Chief Commissar Stanimir Florov.

At the conference Tsvetanov received congratulations from Brian Nichols, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US State Department.

"The State Department is giving very high marks to the Bulgarian Interior Ministry for the effort to combat organized crime and corruption, actions that must be applied systematically and continue in the future," Nichols, cited by the Ministry's press center, told Tsvetanov.

The conference is organized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA. The Director of DEA, Michelle Leonhart is also in Bali for the event.

Leonhart, who visited Bulgaria at the beginning of April to officially open the DEA office in Sofia, has also praised the Bulgarian authorities for the excellent "cooperation." She stressed the importance of international partnership in the fight against organized crime, generating over USD 2 B in one year just in the US.

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Tags: conference, Bali, Stanimir Florov, GDBOP, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, US, drug trafficking, Michelle Leonhart, DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration, State Department, Brian Nichols


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