On March 16th Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev addressed members of the Harvard Club of DC at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC. He presented major events and facts from the history of Bulgaria, its culture and traditions, and offered a historic overview of the contacts between the Bulgarian and American peoples from the beginning of the 19th century on. A particular attention was paid to the development of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the United States since their establishment in 1903 to the present day. He underlined the strategic partnership between the two countries and the priority areas for dialogue and cooperation, such as security and defense, counter-terrorism, the rule of law, energy security, education and people-to-people contacts. In his presentation Ambassador Stoytchev also outlined the unique story of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews during the World War II. This historic event is marked annually in Bulgaria on March 10th along with the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust.
The members of the Harvard Club of DC were also informed about the forthcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2018 and the announcement of the city of Plovdiv as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. These two developments provide good occasions for a visit to Bulgaria for those who would be interested in exploring its rich history, culture and traditions.
Here are some pictures from the event: