Mladenov: Bulgaria's Israel stance not based on 'interests'

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