Speech by H.E. Mrs. Dessislava Ivanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia

Published in Culture
Tuesday, 25 May 2021 16:34

Speech by H.E. Mrs. Dessislava Ivanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia on the occasion of 24th of May - Day of the Holy Brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodius, the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture and the Slavic Literature

"Each year on 24th of May the Republic of Bulgaria and Bulgarians around the world celebrate the Day of the Holy Brothers St. Cyril andSt. Methodius, the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture and the Slavic Literature. That’s the official name of the Day. For all us Bulgarians, but this is shortly the Day of Our Letters.

This day has been celebrated in Bulgaria for nearly 160 years now making it the longest celebrated holiday in the country’s late history, cherished almost as a Second National Day.

24th of May is a Day that has no analogue in the rich pantheon of the Bulgarian festive calendar. For us Bulgarians it is the Day of our letters. The day on which all first grade students declare and celebrate the fact of their literacy. This is the professional day of all teachers, professors at Universities, of all people engaged in culture and education, of all of us that have ever been part of the school system! This means – literally everybody.

This is the day of the Bulgarian literature, enlightenment and culture. It is an occasion to celebrate the unbreakable Bulgarian strive towards spiritual rising, cultural achievements and knowledge.

With the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic alphabet – the alphabet that we celebrate today, became the third official script of the European Union, following Latin and Greek.

This is the script, created at the end of the IX century in the Bulgarian Medieval State, through which nowadays around 250 million people in the world express themselves. And we could only be proud and happy -  as the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Literature Ivan Vazov said - that we were in a position to share this cultural treasure with the rest of the world.  

In mid IX century the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius created in then Moravia the first Slavic alphabet – the so called Glagolitic alphabet, whose letters were based on the three holy elements of Christianity - cross, triangle, and circle, and started translating in it the main Christian Orthodox scripts in order to spread the influence of Christianity. The letters, created by St. Cyril and St. Methodius, their translations of the liturgical books, their fight to protect the rights of all nations to do honor of God in their own languages have a historical significance for the mankind.  

Subsequently, towards the end of IX century - after the death of Cyril and Methodius, acting under the auspice of the Bulgarian King and in the territory of the then Medieval Bulgarian State, the Glagolitic alphabet, created by the Holy Brothers, was modified by their renowned disciples – later known as St. Kliment of Ohrid and St. Naum of Preslav. This second Slavonic alphabet, that is still in use - was called Cyrillic in honor of the great teacher.

Coming into existence in the First Bulgarian Kingdom, the new script became during the centuries the basis of alphabets used in various languages, especially those of Orthodox Slavic origin, but not only.  

All Bulgarians consider the life and work of the Holy Brothers and their disciples humanistic, democratic and part of the general human idea for equality in the spiritual field.

24th of May has a profound significance for the Bulgarian national development and the prosperity of the Bulgarian nation, as well as to the re-awakening of the Bulgarian self-awareness during our Renaissance and National Revival in XVIII-XIX century".

Happy 24th of May to all of us!

Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia has handed to David Zalkaliani the congratulation letter of the Bulgarian Foreign Minister

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:11

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held his first meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova. The Ambassador handed to David Zalkaliani the congratulation letter of the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.
 
The sides discussed the friendly relations and partnership between the two countries, including within the framework of international organizations.  Special attention was paid to the need of exchanging high-level visits and activating sectoral co-operation.
 
Special mention was made of the potential of developing economic relations, especially in the areas of transport and energy. The sides exchanged views over the ongoing co-operation in the tourism sector and the importance of establishing direct flights that will bring closer the two countries and will encourage people-to-people contacts.

David Zalkaliani congratulated Bulgaria on the successful completion of the term of presidency of the EU Council and expressed his gratitude for the firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration path.
Discussing the situation in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, David Zalkaliani highlighted the importance of the partners’ consolidated support for Georgia on the tenth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.
 
For her part, Dessislava Ivanova reaffirmed Bulgaria’s firm support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and European and Euro-Atlantic integration. According to her, Bulgaria as a liaison embassy of NATO will endeavor to make its positive contribution to bringing Georgia closer to the Alliance.
At the end of the meeting, Dessislava Ivanova, on behalf of the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, invited David Zalkaliani to Sofia.

Vakhtang Makharoblishvili has met Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:29

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova.
The sides discussed the friendly relations and partnership between the two countries. Dessislava Ivanova reaffirmed Bulgaria’s firm support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Bulgarian Ambassador spoke about the projects ongoing within Bulgaria’s Development Programme. For his part, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked the Bulgarian side for practical assistance. The sides spoke extensively about Georgia’s priorities with respect to NATO and the European Union with a focus on the upcoming meetings and visits scheduled to take place during 2017 within the framework of these organizations.
The sides paid special attention to the possibilities of further developing trade-economic relations between the two countries and to the importance of encouraging people-to-people contacts.
The sides positively appraised the existing co-operation between the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre under the Georgian Foreign Ministry and the Diplomatic Institute under the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

The possibility of exchanging high-level visits was discussed during the meeting with the Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:10

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova.
On the occasion of his re-appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia handed to Mikheil Janelidze a congratulation letter by his Bulgarian counterpart, Daniel Mitov.
Discussions focused on the close political co-operation between the two countries. The Bulgarian Embassy to Georgia will act as a contact point with NATO during the years from 2017 to 2019, and hence, the sides discussed the issues relating to future co-operation in this area.
The increasing potential of economic co-operation between Bulgaria and Georgia was also highlighted during the meeting. Special mention was made of the important transit role of the two countries and their participation in the development of the Asia-Europe transport corridor. At the end of the meeting the sides spoke about the importance of exchanging high-level visits.

Ucha Nanuashvili met with Dessislava Ivanova

Published in Politics
Friday, 28 October 2016 10:50

Georgian Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dessislava Ivanova. The human rights situation, including the situation in the penitentiary system, as well as the reforms carried out in the judiciary and law enforcement agencies, were discussed at the meeting. The Public Defender once again stressed the need for creation of an independent investigative mechanism and labor inspectorate.
Attention was focused on the human rights violations in the occupied territories and access to education in the Gali district.
Ucha Nanuashvili briefed the Ambassador of the activities and special reports of the Public Defender, the Human Rights Academy of the Public Defender and various projects. The Public Defender expressed his gratitude towards the Embassy of Bulgaria, as Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been assisting the Public Defender’s Office in implementation of various projects for three years. Among them is the ongoing project “Strengthening the Public Defender's Office in the Kakheti Region”. Ambassador Dessislava Ivanova promised full support for the Public Defender's Office and expressed willingness to continue cooperation.

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