Bulgarian Iraq Envoy Visits Troops in Ashraf

Politics | June 24, 2006, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarian Iraq Envoy Visits Troops in Ashraf Bulgarian Ambassador to Iraq Valeri Rachev (R) shakes hands with a member of the First Bulgarian Guard Company in camp Ashraf. The envoy was on hand to witness the company's completion-of-training ceremony. Photo by defenselink.mil

Bulgaria's Ambassador in Iraq Valeri Rachev has visited the Bulgarian troops guarding the Ashraf camp.

The First Bulgarian Guard Company, charged with providing security at the Multinational Force Iraq Temporary Interview and Protection Facility that houses nearly 200 protected people and refugees, received the personal congratulations of its ambassador to Iraq on June 22, American Forces Information Service reports.

Although the Bulgarian Contingent completed its training some time ago, and began its security mission at the end of April, the soldiers elected to wait until Bulgarian Ambassador to Iraq Valeri Rachev could join them to hold an official ceremony, it was also said.

You will be fully successful and will have an important contribution to our common goals in support of the new Iraqi state and the Iraqi people, said Rachev. The mission will be long and full of unforeseen situations and risks, but your destiny is to manage because you are Bulgarians, because you are here for a noble cause and because you work together with true allies and friends, he added.

The 49th Battalion commander noted the significance of the Bulgarian Contingent's participation. Know that you are making history, said Army Lt. Col. Anthony Palumbo. We welcome you as a coalition partner and look forward to serving with you, he concluded.

The first Bulgarian unit will continue serving in its current role until September, when it will be relieved by Bulgaria's Second Guard Company.
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