Dimitar Abadjiev is the First Bulgarian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Bulgaria's first ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dimitar Abadjiev, arrived in Riyadh, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
This is another stop in Abadjiev's long career, which has gone through several parties and different state appointments. The former MP, who went through the UDF, the DSB and reached the OLP, was appointed ambassador to Slovenia three years ago but did not get his full mandate after the government of Boyko Borisov, with the consent of President Rumen Radev, decided to transfer him to Saudi Arabia .
Previously, Abadjiev was Consul General in Shanghai, a representative of Bulgaria in the leadership of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International and others.
Now Abadjiev became the first Bulgarian ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Both countries have diplomatic relations since 1995, but so far there has been no Bulgarian diplomatic representation in Riyadh.
Ambassador Abadjiev is expected to deliver copies of his letters of credence to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs next week.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced that our country plans to open an embassy in Riyadh during his visit to Saudi Arabia in November 2017. In the following year, the opening process was launched.
Bulgaria's expectations are that the new mission will lead to a deepening of the business relations between the two countries. Bulgarian Foreign Minister meets several times with his Saudi counterpart Abel al-Jubier. According to her, Bulgarian companies are interested in participating in the implementation of new engineering and construction projects in the country.
During Borisov's visit to Saudi Arabia, besides the fact that the prime minister participated in the famous sword dance, Bulgaria made several agreements with the kingdom, among which to avoid double taxation and cooperation in the field of agriculture, livestock and fisheries.
At the moment, the two countries are working to create a joint venture that will implement projects in the production of fodder and meat exports from Bulgaria to Saudi Arabia.
The appointment of new ambassadors has caused another tension between the government of Boyko Borisov and President Rumen Radev. In February, the foreign minister complained that Radev had not signed the government's proposals for several months. At the same time, the government quickly approved those of Radev.
Subsequently, the process started, but all controversial issues have not yet been settled.
The most controversial appointment was for the new ambassador in Paris. So far, this post has remained vacant. The Foreign Ministry had proposed that the diplomatic mission there be headed by the current Deputy Minister, Yuri Sterk. According to unofficial information, the president insisted on the diplomat Petko Draganov, who was Deputy Foreign Minister in the office of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
So far, no new person will be appointed in Paris, and ambassador there remains Angel Cholakov.
However, Yuri Sterk leaves for Morocco and Petko Draganov for South Korea.
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