The new Bulgarian ambassador to Washington Elena Poptodorova received her accreditation letters from US president Barack Obama during an official ceremony in the White House on August 12 2010, a Foreign Ministry media statement announced.
During the meeting, Poptodorova outlined the strong bilateral relations between Bulgaria and the United States, noting that among the topics of priority for the future are the lifting of the visa requirements for Bulgarian nationals travelling to the US. She also said that the United States should aim to increase its investments in the country, particularly in energy. More cooperation in regional and international security is also necessary, she said.
Meanwhile, president Obama noted on the good relations between both countries during 100 years of diplomatic ties. He also praised the Bulgarian contribution in peacekeeping and combat operations around the world.
In relation to Poptodorova's appointment, the deputy state secretary for Europe and Eurasia Pamela Quanrud said that Bulgaria and the US have close productive ties. Furthermore, she said that the Bulgarian Government has implemented serious steps in the sphere of international security and regional cooperation. She also hailed Bulgaria's efforts in achieving a higher level of energy diversification.