PM Borissov to world leaders: Thank you for your support, we will manage together

Robert O'Brien

After many wishes for quick recovery, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov thanked world leaders for their support.

"I appreciate their support. I hope that we will cope with the challenges we faced due to Covid-19 pandemic with joint efforts!" he posted to Facebook.

In recent days, Borissov has been receiving messages on social media, telegrams and letters from different leaders after it became clear that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and he was under quarantine.

Among them is the US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. “Wishing PM Boyko Borissov a speedy recovery. The United States-Bulgaria partnership is stronger than ever, and we are working together on many important issues. Our prayers are with the PM, his family, and the Bulgarian people,” Robert O'Brien wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, also wished a speedy recovery. "I send a wish for a speedy recovery to my friend and brother Boyko Borissov, who is fighting the invisible enemy Covid-19, as many others on the planet. We have a road ahead which we go together for the good of our citizens," Zaev said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also expressed concern. "Mr Prime Minister, I am saddened by the sudden news that you had tested positive for Covid-19. I wish for your quick recovery and swift stabilisation of the coronavirus situation in Bulgaria,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, the French President Emmanuel Macron and the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent telegrams to Borissov wishing him a speedy recovery, the Council of Ministers announced.

PM Borissov also received a letter from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He addressed the Prime Minister with "dear friend" explaining that he had unfortunately learned about his positive test for Covid-19. "Hoping to recover as soon as possible, I wish you a speedy recovery! I would like to stress that, if necessary, we are ready to give help for your treatment," Erdogan wrote. He added also "I take this opportunity to once again express my most sincere wishes for health and happiness to you and your family, and to our friends – the Bulgarian people I wish prosperity."

Concern and support were also expressed on Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Serbian President Alexander Vucic, EC President Ursula von der Laine, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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