Politics | March 10, 2002, Sunday // 00:00

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Passy arrived in US, where he pays a five-day visit. Upon his arrival, Passy told journalists that matters of bilateral relations and the US support for Bulgaria's bid to join NATO, cooperation on priority questions in the work of the UN Security Council and in the fight against terrorism will be discussed during meetings with high-ranking officials, which begin on March 11. Passy will confer with US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser Steve Hadley and other senior US administration officials in Washington, D.C. At the US Congress, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister will meet with Republican Senators Richard Lugar of Indiana, Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Warner of Virginia and with Republican representatives Joe Wilson of South Carolina, John Shimkus of Illionis, and Elton Gallegly of California. Passy will hand to US Secretary of State Colin Powell the joint letter signed at the beginning of this week with Macedonian Foreign Minister Svobodan Casule on political and financial support, including such from the US State department, for the construction of the Sofia-Skopje railway.At Georgetown University, Passy will deliver a lecture on "NATO Enlargement: America's Master-Stroke against Terrorism." The visit of Bulgaria's foreign minister is expected to be followed by an official visit to the United States of Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg. Elena Poptodorova, the new Bulgarian ambassador to the US confirmed that the prime minister’s visit was being prepared and will most probably take place either in the end of April or in the beginning of May.

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