On the 19th of October at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" there was an information meeting related to the selection of candidates for the International Scholarship Program (Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium IPS) of the German Parliament for 2018.

The tenure of the Iranian cultural counselor in Bulgaria - Mr. Mohammad Ali Kiani, is finished. It has been a bright period of time memorable by the huge activities for popularizing the rich Iranian culture and its achievements before the Bulgarian society.

During the four years in our country, Mr. Kiani has contributed and assisted the publishing and translation (from Persian into Bulgarian) of dozens of  books on the history, culture and literature of Iran, as well as the relations between both nations succeeding in reaching a wide range of Bulgarian readers. Mr. Kiani has also managed to make brilliant presence of the Iranian cinema in Bulgaria along the Month of the Iranian Cinema within the framework of Sofia MENAR Film Festival and through the "Love is Folly" Festival, as well. Every year almost, the Bulgarian public is eagerly awaiting the selection of Iranian films to be presented later on. All that resulted in strengthening exchanges between cultural and scientific functionaries, artists and journalists from both countries. See more HERE.

Before leaving our country, especially for Diplomatic Spectrum, Mr. Mohammad Ali Kiani shared the following:

" Hello, my dear friends! Now that my mission and tenure as the Iranian cultural counselor in Bulgaria has finished after four years of efforts filled with honor in line with the betterment and expansion of cultural ties between the two countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Bulgaria, and I am going to leave your country on the 10th of October, 2017. I would like to express my grateful thanks to the honorable cultural officials of Bulgaria and all those interested in the thousand years of Iranian culture and civilization. 

Undoubtedly, your useful collaboration and active support has played an important role in the development of cultural relationships and consequently the expansion of diplomatic and political ties between the two sides.

Wish you all best and the most success." 

Photo provided by: The Cultural Representation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Republic of Bulgaria

The German Embassy in Sofia held a party on the occasion of the Bundestag elections in Germany on the 24th of September, in order to host numerous guests and watch the election results together.

From 9 until August 14, the Armenian Church Youth European Conference took place in Romania with the assistance of the Armenian General Benevolent Union /AGBU/.

On the 14th of July Iraqis living in our country and their friends gathered in the residence of the Ambassador of Iraq in Sofia to mark the liberation of Mosul from the ISIS terrorist group. People were joyful and visibly excited. And the comments on the news, of course, did not stop all night.