SACEUR visits Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev meets members of Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti's delegation during a wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Sofia, Bulgaria. Apr 17, 2018. NATO Photo by SSgt Dan Bardsley GBRA OR7
Bulgaria – Supreme Allied
Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, met with several
political and military leaders during an official country visit to Sofia, Bulgaria
on Apr. 17, 2018.
In his first visit to
Bulgaria as SACUER, General Scaparrotti laid a wreath during a ceremony at the
Unknown Soldier Memorial, paying respects to Bulgaria's fallen.
"It is a pleasure to be in Bulgaria – a nation with a rich
history… and a strong Ally that contributes considerably to our
collective defence and shared security," said General Scaparrotti.
President Rumen Radev, General Scaparrotti emphasized Bulgaria's strong support
and cooperation as a symbol of NATO's strength and cohesion in the Balkans region.
In a meeting with
Bulgaria's Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev, General Scaparrotti
thanked Bulgaria for their key role in promoting stability and peace in the
region. "Bulgaria is a trusted Ally which contributes to the collective security
of the Alliance in a variety of ways," said General Scaparrotti.
"Bulgaria provides ships to NATO patrols in
the Black Sea, your forces contribute to the NATO mission in Kosovo,
you support the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans, and also
you are leading the NATO Trust Fund on medical rehabilitation for Ukraine."
by SHAPE Public Affairs Office