US praise for Bulgarian efforts against corruption

Visiting Sofia, United States Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has praised what he described as the successful efforts that Bulgaria has been making in the fight against corruption, particularly in the area of smuggling.

“This is an extraordinary achievement, and I think there are many lessons that Bulgaria has taken that would be well shared with many other countries,” Blinken said after talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov.

Blinken said that his visit underscored the strong commitment of the US to deepening and expanding its ties with Bulgaria, “and our appreciation for Bulgaria’s leadership in fostering greater freedom, prosperity, and opportunity in the region and in the world today”.

Turning to Borissov, Blinken said, “Mr Prime Minister, we welcome your efforts and your leadership to achieve this vision, especially through the extensive work that’s been done on energy, on defence, on security, and on the rule of law”.

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