Politics | June 21, 2001, Thursday // 00:00

The President voiced hope that the new Bulgarian government will continue at the same pace and with the same ambition along the path towards NATO membership. It was said in a working lunch with the ambassadors of the NATO member states Thursday. The traditional working meeting was hosted by Belgian Ambassador here Edmond de Vilde. July 1 Belgium takes over the rotating EU presidency. The previous such meeting which the Bulgarian head-of-state attended took place April 19. The meeting focused on the relations between Bulgaria and NATO and Bulgaria`s expectations to join the Alliance in 2002, the President said after the meeting. `We talked about both the new parliament and the new government`s readiness to work in this direction as seriously and enthusiastically as did the people before them,` said Stoyanov. Speaking after the meeting the Belgian Ambassador said the NATO ambassadors support Bulgaria`s efforts for a Euro-Atlantic future and the country`s perseverance in trying to achieve the aim which it set before itself four years ago, and wish Bulgaria success in this. The President said that the meeting discussed the situation in Macedonia in the context of Bulgaria`s bid for NATO membership.

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