National Day Message by Ms. Oras Mahmoud, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Republic of Bulgaria

On Monday, April 17th, the Syrian people commemorated the 77th Anniversary of the Evacuation of the French Colonialists, while at the same time they are suffering from the fierce attack of the occupiers nowadays who wage a deadly war through their terrorist agents and the economic sanctions that target the Syrian people.

There is no difference between the old and the new colonialists - both invade countries to loot and plunder. Terrorists and their sponsors are just like the French occupiers, who began to plunder the Syrian resources and crops and ship them back to France. 

Ultimately, independence was gained in 1946 thanks to the unabated determination of the Syrian national resistance that later set an example for the national struggle throughout the Arab world. However, over the past twelve years our region has gone through exceptional circumstances - chaos and instability reigned in many of its countries, and one of the most important reasons for this was the spread of the phenomenon of terrorism that struck Syria and other countries of the world, which led to the loss of many innocent lives.

There was also the external interference in the internal affairs of other countries in order to impose specific agendas and achieve narrow interests far away from the interests and aspirations of their peoples and in a violation of the national sovereignty of their countries and the provisions of the international law and the principles of the UN Charter. 

Syria was one of the most affected countries, especially by the scourge of terrorism supported by foreign parties, and the latters' attempt at suffocating the Syrian people by imposing unilateral coercive economic measures which aim at targeting their livelihood.

Hence, there is a strong need nowadays that the world enhances the language of dialogue and understanding among our nations on the basis of mutual respect and combating terrorism in a way that contributes to achieving common aspirations and reaching the stability and security of all.  

The establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Bulgaria at the level of embassies goes back to 1961 and they proved to be traditionally stable and lasting in the years despite the abovementioned harsh circumstances and the deepening humanitarian and economic crisis in Syria.

The role of the historical ties in this should not be underestimated as well - over the years friendly Bulgaria has warmly welcomed a huge number of Syrians where they studied, raised families and built up successful careers. For its part, Syria also filled the hearts of the many Bulgarians, who worked there, with unforgettable memories expressing their warmest feelings towards the Syrian land and the hospitality of its people.

Through the years, The Syrian Arab Republic has always reaffirmed its commitment to the development of the bilateral ties with the Republic of Bulgaria and its willingness to work for mutually beneficial cooperation on different levels and fields, and for fruitful communication and coordination in foreign affairs.

The Syrian Arab Republic sincerely believes that mutual political support in the international arena would provide the needed circumstances that may contribute substantially to the further deepening of the traditionally good relations between the two countries.

Syria is convinced that once all needed efforts are exerted by both countries for signing or updating various mutual agreements, economic ties in all branches will be once again boosted and strengthened for the benefit of both peoples, and this will inevitably lead to the immediate increase of the bilateral trade and the discovery of the unexplored potential in the trade with goods and services between Syria and Bulgaria.

The Syrian Arab Republic truly believes that the Republic of Bulgaria, as a member of the European Union and other international organizations, and as a country that adheres to the principles of the United Nations and the international law, will take a balanced and positive stance on Syria on both the European and international levels for the benefit of both countries and peoples.     

Happy Holidays! 

The material was provided by the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Republic of Bulgaria. On the photo: Ms. Oras Mahmoud, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Republic of Bulgaria