President opens honorary consulate in Bulgaria

On a visit to Bulgaria, Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga opened an honorary consulate in the capital city of Sofia and named Alexander Dimitrov-Popov as the honorary consul, according to the president’s press office.

Latvia does not have an embassy in Bulgaria. Rather, diplomatic relations are handled by Ambassodor Uldis Vītoliņš, Latvia’s ambassador in Poland.

Dimitrov-Popov heads up one of Bulgaria’s leading law firms, Popov & Partner, according to the LETA news agency.

In addition to opening the honorary consulate, Vīķe-Freiberga during her visit also met with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov and spoke to the Atlantic Club in Sofia. Vīķe-Freiberga’s trip to Bulgaria was the first ever by a Latvian head of state.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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