Lebanon Vows to Cooperate in Burgas Bombing Investigation

Diplomacy | March 29, 2013, Friday // 19:51|  views

Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov. Photo by BGNES

Lebanon's outgoing Ambassador to Bulgaria has declared that her country's authorities are willing to co-operate fully with their Bulgarian counterparts in the investigation into last year's terrorist attack in Burgas.

Ambassador Micheline Abi Samra met with Bulgarian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Marin Raykov on Friday.

"Bulgaria and Lebanon have traditionally good relations, which we should develop further in the interests of our two peoples. In Bulgaria, there are many Lebanese people, who make a significant contribution to Bulgarian society and are a natural link between the two countries," Prime Minister Raykov said.

He emphasised that the Bulgarian authorities were continuing their investigation into the bombing in Bourgas, and that Bulgaria relies on the support and co-operation of Lebanon in this process to reveal the perpetrators of the terrorist attack, which killed five Israelis and a Bulgaria.

"We will provide our partners and allies with all the evidence uncovered in the investigation, but will not initiate the procedure to include certain groups or individuals in the banned list of the European Union," the Bulgarian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

Ambassador Micheline Abi Samra expressed gratitude for the support and very good co-operation that she had received during her term of office in Bulgaria.

In early February, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, then Bulgaria's Minister of Interior, made an official statement saying the probe on the attack gives grounds to believe it was organized and carried out by Hezbollah's military wing.

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Tags: Burgas, bus bombing, Marin Raykov, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Micheline Abi Samra, investigtion


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