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The agreement between Bulgaria and the USA on granting access to Bulgaria to American information about high-risk migrants will be signed irrespective of the change in administrations, assured Assistant Secretary for International Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security Alan Bersin who is visiting Bulgaria.
Eric Edelman, one of the former U.S. ambassadors to Ankara, never liked this country. My recollection of him while I was working as a diplomatic reporter in Ankara was that he had this bullying attitude coupled with a condescending look. He did not understand the dynamics of Turkey, and ended up no liking it.
The new US ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, arrived in Sofia on Wednesday with his wife Nicole Simmons.
One of his first tasks was to greet the followers of the embassy's Twitter account.
Rubin also appeared in a short video, greeting the Bulgarian people and expressing his desire to work towards a strong and productive partnership between Bulgaria and the United States.
The Senate confirmed on Wednesdy Eric Seth Rubin as the new US ambassador to Bulgaria.
This was announced by the US embassy in Sofia in its Facebook profile.
The hearing of the nominee before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held on December 2., with US President Barack Obama having appointed Rubin in September.
James Comey, Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will pay a visit to Bulgaria next week, Sofia-based BGNES news outlet reported on Thursday.
According to insiders, Comey is expected to meet with Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, 24 Chasa daily said.
James Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI on 4 September 2013.
President Barack Obama on Dec. 5 will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary, a White House official said.
If confirmed Carter would replace Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation last month. Carter served as deputy defense secretary under Leon Panetta from October 2011 to December 2013.