site.btaOutgoing French Ambassador Receives High Bulgarian State Honour

Outgoing French Ambassador Receives High Bulgarian State Honour
Outgoing French Ambassador Receives High Bulgarian State Honour
President Rumen Radev and Ambassador Florence Robine (BTA Photo)

President Rumen Radev on Monday presented the Order of the Madara Horseman, First Class, to outgoing French Ambassador to Bulgaria Florence Robine for her great contribution to strengthening and promoting relations between the two countries.

Radev said that the intensive Bulgarian-French partnership, rooted deep in history and based on trust, is the result of the consistent efforts of generations of diplomats, politicians, entrepreneurs, architects, scientists, educators, artists and citizens in the two countries.

The President acknowledged Ambassador Robine's vigorous and fruitful activity during the rotating French Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2022. He said: "Ambassador Robine contributed substantially to elucidating the issues between Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia and bringing the Bulgarian stance home to French institutions and experts. She shared and defended her views openly at a time when not all our EU partners and experts in Brussels understood the depth of these issues and not all could unravel the complexity of the puzzle of political relations in the Balkans and their cause-and-effect sequence. Thanks in part to Ambassador Robine's efforts, the matters of human rights, the protection of cultural and historical heritage and the importance of historical truth and non-bias were upgraded from the level of bilateral relations [between Sofia and Skopje] to the level of European relations, so we finally found a solution and got the situation to develop in the right direction."

The President went on to note the active political and economic relations between Bulgaria and France. According to him, annual two-way trade surpassed EUR 2 billion in 2021. "This may be a success, but it is far below our potential," Radev said.

He thanked for France's clear support for Bulgaria's membership of NATO and the EU and expressed his conviction that such support will be extended in an equally unwavering manner for Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen border-free area. "In addition to Bulgaria and the region, this is of great importance for the security and the prosperity of Europe," he emphasized.

Ambassador Robine said that arriving in Sofia in September 2019, she did not expect that a coronavirus pandemic would sweep the world and would affect all human relationships. "There has been crisis after crisis ever since, a war broke out, making us realize at least one thing: there is no way we can cope with the tough challenges and the hard times unless we stand together and implement solidarity in our European and Euro-Atlantic Family," the diplomat said.

She pointed out that Bulgaria has shown dedication and commitment to the European project in many ways. "I wish you remain successful and keep going forward along this path," she said.

/RY/

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