Mitov meets Boris Johnson: ‘Essential to guarantee rights of Bulgarian citizens who live and work in the UK’

For Bulgaria, it is essential to guarantee the rights of Bulgarian citizens who live and work in the UK, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said after October 24 talks with London with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Issues discussed by Mitov and Johnson included future relations between the EU and the UK after Britain’s Brexit referendum and the triggering of the procedure under Article 50.

Mitov said that the British government was working on the drafting of a mandate for the negotiations, and talks on the topic of the status of Bulgarians – as EU citizens in the UK – would be a major part of this debate.

The Bulgarian Foreign Minister said that Britain was a strategic partner in Europe, an important ally within Nato and a valued country on issues at regional and global level. He expected this to continue after the UK referendum decision to leave the EU.

Mitov and Johnson discussed bilateral relations in areas of mutual interest such as security, the migration crisis, counter-terrorism, co-operation within Nato, as well as the vision for the future of the EU after the referendum in the UK, a Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement said.

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