On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Bulgaria on your National Day.

March 3 marks the creation of an independent, modern Bulgaria. Later this month we will also celebrate Bulgaria’s sovereign decision to join NATO 15 years ago. Since Bulgaria shed the Communist yoke 30 years ago, our two countries have become strong Allies and partners. This past year, Bulgaria demonstrated its positive leadership with a successful EU Presidency, taking steps to modernize its defense forces, and by providing its vital support for the Prespa Agreement, which is strengthening peace and stability in the region.

I wish the people of Bulgaria an enjoyable holiday and look forward to seeing our friendship and economic partnership grow ever stronger in the years to come.

U.S. Department of State

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