Bulgarian PM sends US president Obama condolences on death of US ambassador to Libya

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has sent a message of condolences to United States president Barack Obama after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which US ambassador J Christopher Stevens and three embassy staff were killed.

Stevens and the three embassy staff were killed after a mob angered over an amateur American-made short film that mocks Islam’s Prophet Mohammed stormed the US consulate in the Libyan city on September 12, the Voice of America reported.

Stevens, a 21-year career U.S. foreign service officer and one of the most experienced US envoys in the region, had taken up his post in the capital, Tripoli, in May.

J Christopher Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, killed in a mob attack in Benghazi, Libya

His death was the first of an American envoy abroad in more than 20 years. The US state department reported that US Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith, was also killed. It did not identify the two other victims.

Borissov, in his message to Obama, expressed on behalf of the Bulgarian people and on his behalf his sincere condolences, the government press office inSofiasaid.

“Bulgariastrongly condemns this barbaric act and attempts by some quarters to ascribe it to hurt religious feelings,” Borissov said. He said that there could be no justification for attacks against innocent people, and violating the privacy of diplomatic missions and personnel.

“Demagoguery by totalitarian movements that invoke religion to justify violence against innocent and unarmed people causes anger and disgust in our society,” Borissov said.




The Sofia Globe staff

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