Turkish Top Diplomat Cancels Visit to Bulgaria
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu, has canceled his official visit to Bulgaria.
The news was reported Wednesday by the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman and the Cihan news agency, cited by the Bulgarian news agency BGNES.
The visit has been cancelled on grounds Davutoglu had not been granted opportunity to meet with Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev.
The trip was scheduled for February 6-7 on the invitation of Bulgarian counterpart Kristian Vigenin.
"Along with his counterpart (Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin), Davutoglu requested to meet the Bulgarian President. When he was told that a meeting with the president would not be possible, he canceled the visit," a source who asked not to be named told Today's Zaman on Monday.
The decision has seemed to create a bit of disappointment and is perceived as "arrogant" by the Bulgarian authorities, according to sources who spoke to Today's Zaman. The regular procedure for a foreign minister is to meet only with his or her counterpart.
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