THE CZECH REPUBLIC TO SUPPORT BULGARIA'S BID FOR NATO
I believe we'll meet again in Prague where Bulgaria's representatives will not only be our friends but our allies as well, Petr Pithart, Chairman of the Czech Senate, said after his conversation with Premier Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on May 7. Mr. Pithart pointed out that as a host to the NATO Summit in the autumn the Czech Republic would influence the process of the Alliance enlargement. According to him, the present visit of the Czech delegation to Bulgaria is indicative of his country's support for Bulgaria's membership in NATO. Bulgaria, with its Government headed by the Premier Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, is very quickly gaining respect and world prestige due to the stability in the country and the tolerance towards minorities, Mr. Pithart added.During the three-day visit to Bulgaria, Mr. Pithart also held meetings with the Chairman of the National Assembly Ognyan Gerdjikov and with the President Georgi Purvanov.