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Remarks With Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivailo Kalfin Before Their Meeting


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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
April 8, 2009


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Date: 04/08/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivailo Kalfin before their meeting. State Dept Photo SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know the minister over the last few weeks at the various meetings we have attended together. And now we have this opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about the issues that are of great concern to Bulgaria and the United States, not only between our two countries, but regionally and globally. So, thank you for being here.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER KALFIN: Thank you very much, Madame Secretary. It’s my pleasure to be here and to reconfirm the interest of Bulgaria for what we have been doing for the last years to base our relationship on a very long-term strategic basis and again discussing broad bilateral issues. We are allies in a number of international operations. We are sharing very same values in terms of promoting democracy, human rights protection. And I would like to continue this excellent tradition we have in the past to start a very new era (inaudible) cooperation with the new Administration. Thank you very much for hosting me and for being able to do that.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, sir. You’re welcome.

FOREIGN MINISTER KALFIN: Thank you.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, one question (inaudible) from Bulgaria?

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, Roxana Saberi (inaudible)?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We are deeply concerned by the news that we’re hearing. We have asked the Swiss, who, as you know, are our protectorate in Iran, to obtain the most accurate, up-to-date information. I will, as will the rest of the Department, continue to follow this very closely. And we wish for her speedy release and return to her family.

FOREIGN MINISTER KALFIN: Thank you.

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PRN: 2009/299



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