Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov and his wife economist Caroline Freund at the March 3 2010 reception hosted by President Georgi Purvanov in Sofia's Boyana residence on the occasion of Bulgaria's March 3 national holiday.
Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov will receive Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov at Dyankov's request at 10am on March 5 2010, a statement by the President's office said.
This will be the first official meeting between the two after a row broke out between them about comments that Dyankov made on a television talk show.
On March 1 2010, Dyankov was on Nova Televisia's Ivan and Andrei chat show. When asked whether he believed speculation that Purvanov owned luxury properties in the US, Dubai and Europe, and was therefore a young billionaire, Dyankov replied: "he (Purvanov) is definitely not young".
The next day Purvanov's office issued a statement calling on Dyankov to either prove comments he made regarding alleged overseas assets held by Purvanov, supposedly worth millions of leva, or resign.
On March 3 2010, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said that Purvanov and Dyankov should not have bothered the public with their conflict.
Borissov said that he refused to be the judge in the dispute, but did say that Dyankov was a good finance minister whose work had been highly praised by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Commission. This was Borissov's response to calls from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, for Dyankov to submit his resignation.
Borissov did say, however, that he had advised Dyankov to confine himself to speaking mostly about matters of finance.
On March 3 2010, Dyankov refused to comment on his conflict with Purvanov. However, he attended the national reception hosted by Purvanov the same evening on the occasion of Bulgaria's national day on March 3.