Serbian President: Bulgarian minority bridge between Serbia, Bulgaria

“I want to believe that the future of the Western Balkans indeed lies in the EU, but nobody has the right, and I said that today, to object to us wanting to live and survive,” he told reporters [EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

The Bulgarian minority in Serbia should be “a bridge of friendship between Serbia and Bulgaria,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said in Dimitrovgrad in southeastern Serbia on Sunday.

“I told [Bulgarian] President [Rumen] Radev and the Bulgarians who live in Serbia that they can always count not just on a friendly attitude, but an open-arms welcome from the state of Serbia, because we see no problems to divide us,” Vučić said after meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart.

The two presidents unveiled a monument to St Cyril and St Methodius in the town of Dimitrovgrad.

Radev called the monument a symbol of the historic ties and shared ambitions of Bulgaria and Serbia. 

“The monument will spiritually connect the nations, the monument to the holy brothers thanks to whom we share today the same spiritual space and write in the same alphabet. That is symbolic, it is important, for it shows not just our historic closeness, but outlines the shared path of our ambitions,” Radev said, adding that he was confident bilateral trade would improve in 2021. ( |

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