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Borisov tells Obama that while the identity of the Burgas bomber is known, the evidence is not yet strong enough to hold up in court.
On a visit to Washington, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, informed US President Barack Obama of progress in the investigation of the July 18 terrorist attack in the Black Sea resort of Burgas.
An explosion on a bus at Sarafovo airport in Burgas killed seven people, including five Israeli tourists, the suicide bomber, and the Bulgarian driver of the bus.
After Monday’s meeting with Obama, Borisov gave a press conference in the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington.
Borisov said that the US President accepted Bulgaria’s view that the case required more work to make sure that the evidence held up in court.
The Prime Minister emphasized that a number of international and foreign institutions were working on the probe.
“President Obama promised that the US special services will start working more intensively to help us obtain more solid evidence against the organizer and perpetrator of the attack in Sarafovo,” he said.
“Both he and I know who it was, but Obama agreed with me that the court needs solid evidence,” Borisov added.
Bulgaria has not endorsed Israel’s own version of events about the terror attack in Burgas, which is also backed by the US and the UK.
Israel has insisted that Iran and Hezbollah stood behind the bus bombing.
Borisov’s meeting at the White House came at the end of a one-day working visit to the US at the invitation of Obama.
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, and the Defence Minister, Anyu Angelov, also participated in the talks with the US President.
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