Bulgarian PM Borissov to meet Erdoğan on August 24

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on July 22 that he would meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on August 24.

Borissov was speaking in a television interview about a week after the failed coup in Turkey, which has been followed by a massive crackdown by Erdoğan and the declaration of a three-month state of emergency in Bulgaria’s southern neighbouring state.

Borissov said that he did not intend taking Bulgaria into early parliamentary elections, given a number of factors such as the situation in Turkey, Bulgaria’s autumn 2016 presidential elections and, in particular, the fact that Bulgaria’s presidency of the European Union was being brought forward six months to the beginning of 2018, the result of the UK withdrawing from the EU rotating presidency role because of Brexit.

Yet, at the same time, Borissov repeated earlier statements that should his centre-right GERB party lose Bulgaria’s presidential elections, he would call early parliamentary elections.

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