New German ambassador to Bulgaria meets organisation of Bulgarian Jews

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on New German ambassador to Bulgaria meets organisation of Bulgarian Jews

Germany’s new ambassador to Bulgaria, Herbert Salber, met the leadership of the Bulgarian Jewish organisation Shalom, at its headquarters in Sofia on October 19.

Salber, who took office in September, was told about the history of Bulgaria’s Jewry, as well as their organisation, by Shalom President Dr. Alexander Oscar and other representatives.

During the meeting, a lot of common ground was found. The German ambassador said that chancellor Angela Merkel was a persistent supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. She was known to use strong words while underlining her position. Salber said that as the representative of Germany in Bulgaria, but also personally, he shared this conviction.

Left to right: Nikolay Galabov (head of the Negev Association of Friends of Israel in Bulgaria), Herbert Salber (German ambassador to Bulgaria), Dr. Alexander Oscar (President of Shalom), Julia Dandolova (Chief Executive of Shalom), Krasimira Goteva (Shalom Stara Zagora), Svetlozar Kalev (Shalom Plovdiv), Yossif Melamed (Secretary General of Shalom), Tsvetina Kaneva (Shalom communications chief) and Mira Krispin (Shalom Sofia). Photo: Imanuel Marcus.

The rise of the far-right party AfD in Germany and its presence in the Bundestag was discussed briefly. Salber said that he hoped this was not a lasting issue, but one which would be resolved in the years to come.

Salber said his embassy would seek dialogue with Bulgaria’s new coordinator for the fight against anti-Semitism, Georg Georgiev. He said that he wanted to support Shalom’s campaign to finally end the Lukov March in Sofia, an annual event organised and attended by far-right extremists from Bulgaria and other European countries.

Photo at top of page: Salber and Shalom President Alexander Oscar.

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