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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, is paying a working visit today to the Kingdom of Sweden.



FM Dimitrov took part in the high-level ministerial conference on Western Balkans organized by the Minister by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden and the European Commission. At the panel-discussion dedicated to the developments on the Western Balkan countries focusing on their EU perspective, FM Dimitrov said: “I have to be honest because I’m an accidental politician and I think we have to have more honesty in the political debates at home but also abroad. I think if we have to have an 11th recommendation of the Commission next year I won’t be able to talk to my people, to the citizens, with a straight, serious face and talks about the European Union perspective. I am sorry to say so but if we don’t start accession talks this year, this means for me that there is no European perspective. And I am afraid that after what we have done, in 2 years, we have made an obvious democratic U-turn, now we still make mistakes, we are not perfect, but there is an obvious drive towards European liberal democracy in the country, governed by the rule of law.”


As part of the visit, FM Dimitrov met with the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Talks focused on the country’s EU perspective and the importance of valorizing achievements. FM Dimitrov: “It’s a pleasure to be in a country whose attention and commitment to our region is endlessly appreciated.”


In addition, talks tackled issues related to using the potential for enriching the mutual cooperation in several areas, especially economy and investments. The ministers also discussed the possibilities of organizing a youth leadership academy in Stockholm.


The working visit continues this afternoon with a meeting between FM Dimitrov and the Speaker of the Riksdag, Andreas Norlén.