The relations between our countries come from an emotional connection,
not our economic interests, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay
Mladenov said to President Shimon Peres during a meeting on Tuesday.
"I came to visit in order to underline that true friends are not
only friends when it suits them, but during the true hour of need," Mladenov
He continued to say that the close ties with Israel stems from a
shared history during World War II. "We are lucky that the majority of
Bulgarian Jews were saved and were able to go on to build
Israel. This [history] creates a strong, emotional connection and responsibility
on our part to ensure Israel's safety and its future."