Bulgaria's Future Ambassador to Turkey to Place Emphasis on Border Security

Diplomacy | July 29, 2015, Wednesday // 09:01|  views

Bulgaria's ex-Foreign Minister Nadezhda Neynsky. Photo by BGNES

Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nadezhda Neynsky has said one of her main goals as incoming Ambassador to Turkey will be to look for bilateral solutions on how to bolster control at the common borders.

Neynsky is to take over Sofia's mission in Ankara "very soon", though no date has yet been specified.

"Good relations between two countries do not suggest that one of them should have more threats to its national security," she emphasized in an interview with the Bulgarian National Television, but did not elaborate.

"Friendship is important, but security is also extremely important... We should not let illegal immigrants in."

"Turkey is not only our neighbor, it is an exceptional country, it is our partner within NATO," Neynsky added.

She made clear Turkey has the ability to deal with the activity of the Islamic State (IS) group close to its border with Syria.

She praised NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for showing solidarity with Turkey in Tuesday's Article 4 consultations (called by Ankara after it launched air strikes on IS earlier in June) and said his assurances about the integrity and security of the alliance also apply to Bulgaria.

Neynsky also commented on Tuesday's decision of Parliament to reject two of the three questions put forward by President Rosen Plevneliev as part of his proposal for a referendum on voting rules.

"What happened yesterday [Tuesday] is of no benefit to democracy in Bulgaria. I don't think parties are afraid of the referendum," she said, calling the developments "a game played clumsily".

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