Bulgarian President praises Foreign Ministry on reaction to Gaza aid crisis

Bulgarian President praises Foreign Ministry on reaction to Gaza aid crisis

Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov has praised the action of the country's Foreign Ministry in regard to the Israeli raid on the Gaza convoy ship. Purvanov has said that the ministry acted "firmly, precisely and assertively", Bulgarian media reported.The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry took a particular interest in the Israeli operation to block aid to the Gaza strip when it became known that two Bulgarian journalists were detained.The Foreign Ministry has been in contact with the Israeli authorities and demanded their immediate release. The Bulgarians were kept initially in a "deportation centre" and were later relocated to the Ben Gurion international airport in Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said in a media statement.Purvanov took the opportunity to express his hopes that the Bulgarians would be repatriated quickly and safely to their homeland. Purvanov also expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved ones during the attack. He also said that the United Nations Security Council was justified in asking Israel to lift the blockade.The Bulgarians reported who were in the convoy are Svetoslav Ivanov, a reporter, and Valentin Vassilev, a cameraman, employed by private Bulgarian television channel bTV. Reportedly, they were in good health, and are expected to be flown to Europe, although for the moment it is not clear when.The UN Security Council has issued a statement calling for an impartial inquiry. The Security Council said that it "deeply regretted the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza"The United Nations statement said the inquiry should be "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent", international media reported.

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