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Arrival Statement in Sofia, Bulgaria

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
Arrival Statement
Sofia, Bulgaria
October 11, 1998


I am delighted to have the opportunity to make my first trip to Bulgaria. I am particularly pleased to be here at such an historic time. The friendship between our nations has never been stronger. And the progress you've made in building democracy, pursuing economic reforms, and cultivating a vibrant civil society is setting an example for all of Southeast Europe. The road to progress will sometimes be filled with obstacles and setbacks. But, as you continue to move forward, my country will stand beside you.

During my visit, I look forward to participating in an important regional conference spotlighting the vital role that women must play in working together to lift up their own lives and the future of this region. I am grateful that I will have the opportunity to see firsthand how citizens are rebuilding Bulgaria – from non-governmental organizations to women small business owners. I will also visit the American College of Sofia – a powerful symbol not only of Bulgaria's commitment to education, but also of the bond between our two countries. I will have the pleasure of meeting with President Stoyanov and Mrs. Stoyanova, Prime Minister Kostov and Mrs. Kostova, and other governmental leaders to learn about their vision for Bulgaria. And I look forward to seeing some of your beautiful capital, Sofia.

Bulgaria has embarked on a new and exciting chapter in its history. I am honored to have the opportunity to meet with the citizens who have made this possible – and talk about the role that regional cooperation and women must play in creating an even stronger future tomorrow.

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