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Israeli foreign minister Lieberman meets Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Thu, Mar 01 2012 2046 Views
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Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman is due to meet his Bulgarian counterpart, Nikolai Mladenov, in Sofia on March 2.

The trip follows a successful high-profile visit to Bulgaria by most of the Israeli cabinet last year which cemented bilateral ties.

At the time a joint statement signed by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "noted with satisfaction" progress made in relations between the two countries, a reference to agreements signed on July 7 in Sofia.

During their July meeting Netanyahu had spoken of the "chemistry" between himself and Borissov, with whom he first became acquainted at a meeting in 2007.

Lieberman has sometimes been a controversial figure on the world stage, having mooted a re-drawing of borders to enable Arab Israeli citizens (who are full citizens of Israel) to be "returned" to areas under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. He has also proposed a "pledge of loyalty" from Arab Israeli citizens.

Recently, he has appeared to change his mind regarding the viability of the creation of a Palestinian state, saying that he now favours the idea in principle.

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