Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Monday said the government wants to start a new chapter in the country’s history with the establishment of a US Embassy in Sofia.
“Bulgaria has always been a country of immigrants.
It was the land of immigrants who came here to work, study, and live,” he said.
“It is an ideal country, but the situation is very complicated and we have to make it so.”
He said Bulgaria had been trying to negotiate a deal with the US embassy since 2016, but was unable to.
“Our first steps are to open the US Embassy and establish the embassy in Sofias,” he told reporters.
“In the next year, the ambassador will be in charge of a permanent presence.
We hope to do so in 2023,” he added.
Borisov said the deal with Washington was the best solution to the problem of Bulgaria being unable to establish an embassy.
“We can’t continue to work with our partners in the United Nations, with the European Union, with others, with no other solution,” he argued.
Bulgarians in the US have faced visa and passport problems in recent years.
Some have had to move away due to travel restrictions.
The US State Department has said that over 90% of the 2.3 million visa applications it receives each year are from Bulgarians.
The Bulgarian government has also said that it has a long history of relations with the United Kingdom.
The country was one of the founding members of the European Economic Community (EEC) and is an observer of the bloc.