First Official Statement of New US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries
The Diplomatic Channel section of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg is publishing the first official statement of new US Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria Marcie Ries; Her Excellency's statement was provided by the US Embassy in Sofia.
Statement of US Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria Marcie B. Ries
I am very pleased to be here today to begin my tenure as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria.
Although I only arrived on Friday, I have already taken a ride on your metro, I have admired the historic buildings in downtown Sofia, I have visited the Zhenski pazar and I have taken a hike on Mount Vitosha. And just the afternoon I presented my credentials to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. I feel very confident that I will thoroughly enjoy getting to know better your beautiful country.
Our countries enjoy a long history of partnership and friendship, of mutual support and of cooperative effort.
The work we have done together bilaterally and as NATO partners in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Kosovo, has contributed to a safer, more stable, more democratic future for our world, and we are very grateful for Bulgaria's contribution.
Though newly arrived to Bulgaria, I have lived in the region and know firsthand of the constructive role that Bulgaria continues to play in promoting stability in the Western Balkans and by supporting emerging democracies in the Middle East and North Africa.
I hope that during my tenure, we can work together to further strengthen our cooperation in the areas of security and law enforcement, to promote opportunities for our respective business communities, and, to encourage our respective peoples to get to know each other better.
You will find that we are good listeners and very willing to work with you in areas that your government, your civil society, and your citizens think are important – for example, judicial reform and strengthening the rule of law, promoting energy diversity, and combating corruption and organized crime.
One of my personal idols, and a great icon of America, President Abraham Lincoln said,
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it."
He was speaking of my country, of the United States of America, but he could have just as easily been speaking about Bulgaria.
Thank you very much to all for the warm welcome. I look forward to traveling widely, to meeting as many of you as possible and to working together to broaden and deepen the excellent relationship that exists between our two countries.
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