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25 April, 2002
Greece strongly supported the Bulgarian application to enter NATO, Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolayo Svinarov, said on Wednesday to the ANA.
He called the quadripartite initiative for political and defense cooperation between Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania positive, adding ''I would like to underline that in Brussels the Greek representative in the North Atlantic Treaty council supported in a clear, categorical and unreserved way the necessity for Bulgaria to receive an invitation to enter NATO during the Prague summit''.
''For this reason I feel obliged to express my warmest thanks to all our colleagues of the Greek defense ministry,'' Svinarov concluded.
In a related development, Bulgaria's candidacy gained momentum as Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha became the first ever Bulgarian premier to meet with a U.S. president, when he visited Washington and met with President George Bush, at the latter's invitation.
''I feel more calm regarding Bulgaria's candidacy to NATO,'' Saxe-Coburg-Gotha told the Bulgarian mass media, adding ''my impression is that President Bush sees not only favorably but supports our NATO candidacy''.
Source: Athens News Agency