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Newsline: Bulgaria to put ‘honorary consulate,’ not embassy, in Jerusalem

Bulgaria will, “as a first step,” open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem that will not only deal with Bulgarian interests in the capital, but throughout the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu made this announcement at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying he discussed the matter on Saturday night during a phone call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who was in the country earlier this month. “I told him this is a welcome step, which I very much hope will lead quickly to the opening of Bulgaria’s official and full embassy in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. Diplomatic sources, however, said that the move has little real significance. The Czech Republic made a similar move last month, naming businessman Dan Propper as its honorary consul in Jerusalem. Bulgaria’s Embassy is currently located in Tel Aviv.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bulgaria-to-put-honorary-consulate-to-Israel-not-embassy-in-Jerusalem-560745

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Newsline: Bulgarian Embassy first secretary found dead after fall in Japan

A man, identified as the first secretary at the Bulgarian Embassy in Japan, was found dead on the ground in front of a commercial building in Shinjuku on Monday morning in what appears to be a suicide, police said. At around 9:45 a.m., a passerby called emergency services saying that he saw a man “falling from a high place,” Sankei Shimbun reported. When emergency services arrived at the scene, they found the man lying on the ground unconscious. He was taken to a hospital where he was soon pronounced dead. The man was identified as the first secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy in Tokyo, which is located in Shibuya ward. The man, whose name has been withheld, was 41 years old and had apparently begun his term at the embassy in March. Eyewitnesses reported to the police that they saw the man standing on the 7th floor on the building shortly before he fell to his death. There was no suicide note found at the scene, police said.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Bulgarian-Embassy-first-secretary-found-dead-after-fall-from-Shinjuku-building

Newsline: Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow Received Letter with White Powder

The Bulgarian Embassy is among the 13 which have received letters with white powder. According to local sources, the substance is an insect venom, including the pesticide fipronil used in agriculture and veterinary medicine. Such letters were sent to the Embassies of US, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Romania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, etc. Russian security agencies assure that letters do not pose a threat. This was confirmed by a representative of the headquarters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

http://www.novinite.com/articles/187985/The+Bulgarian+Embassy+in+Moscow+Received+a+Letter+with+White+Powder

Newsline: Bulgaria reduces number of staff at North Korean embassy in Sofia

Bulgaria has implemented the latest UN resolution on North Korea and reduced the number of diplomatic staff at the DPRK embassy in Sofia, according to the country’s most recent report on sanctions implementation. Resolution 2321, which passed in November last year, calls upon member states to pay closer attention to the activities of North Korean diplomatic staff.

https://www.nknews.org/2017/03/bulgaria-reduces-number-of-staff-at-north-korean-embassy-in-sofia/

Newsline: Bulgaria recalls its ambassador to Turkey

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on March 16 that it was recalling its ambassador in Ankara, Nadezhda Neynsky, for consultations. The single-sentence statement by the Foreign Ministry gave no reason why Neynsky was being called back to Sofia, but the development comes amid continuing controversy about reported interference by Turkey in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections. In diplomatic practice, recalling an ambassador for consultations is generally seen as a second stage of protest after formally summoning a foreign country’s ambassador, but is a stop short of suspending diplomatic relations. The Turkish ambassador in Sofia, Süleyman Gökçe, was summoned to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry on March 7, to hear a protest from caretaker Deputy Foreign Ministry Boiko Mirchev following reports about a Turkish cabinet minister having called on Bulgarians in Turkey to vote for Lyutvi Mestan’s DOST party.

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/03/16/bulgaria-recalls-its-ambassador-to-turkey-for-consultations-amid-controversy-over-elections/

Newsline: Bulgaria’s Ex-Ambassador to US Says Her Detention in Poland Was ‘Misunderstanding’

Elena Poptodorova, who on Tuesday was detained at the airport in Warsaw with unpaid cosmetics from a duty-free shop, denied having stolen the goods. The Bulgarian News Agency quotes Poptodorova as saying she had received a call from her sick mother and went out of the shop to accept it there with the cosmetics in her hands. Reportedly, Poptodorova, who has not served at the Foreign Ministry over the past year, showed her diplomatic passport to authorities. She has been Sofia’s Ambassador to Washington for a total of 12 years, two times between 2002 and 2008 and 2010-2016. After leaving her second posting there, she was appointed head of the Warsaw office of Global Jewish Advocacy, a non-profit.

http://www.novinite.com/articles/179074/Bulgaria%27s+Ex-Ambassador+to+US+Says+Her+Detention+Was+%27Misunderstanding%27

Newsline: French Ambassador Says Embassy Was Never against Bulgarian Cabinet

The French Embassy in Sofia has never taken sides in Bulgarian domestic issues, having acting only as a careful observer, according to new French ambassador Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes. “I’ve been in Bulgaria for a month and a half; I am an observern, not a participant in political life; I try tu understand what is happening, but I cannot make assessments,” said de Cabanes while on a visit to Plovdiv. According to the French envoy, protests are nothing out of the ordinary in democratic countries. Lepeyre de Cabanes also stated that the fact that predecessor Philippe Autie met with anti-cabinet protesers over the summer does not mean that he or the French Embassy have made a point against the embattled cabinet of PM Plamen Oresharski. Autie’s action, together with a prior open letter co-authored with German ambassador Matthias Hoepfner, met the enthusiastic response of protesters and strong criticisms on the part of some Bulgarian politicians from the ruling coalition. New ambassador de Cabanes said that he on his part also had the chance to meet protesters and become acquainted with their demands. He stressed that this action implies no taking sides in the conflict.

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=155553