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

 

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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