Bulgarian leaders in self-isolation after security meeting

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s prime minister, president and senior ministers have isolated themselves as a precaution after a participant in a security meeting they attended tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said on Tuesday of health.

Chief Health Inspector Angel Kunchev said all participants in the National Security Advisory Council on Monday were in good health but would remain in isolation after Parliament Speaker Nikola Minchev tested positive.

Alongside Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and President Roumen Radev, the meeting brought together interior, defense and finance ministers and senior officials from the main political parties.

They met to discuss Bulgaria’s position vis-à-vis North Macedonia, deciding that the lifting of Bulgaria’s veto on the start of Skopje’s EU membership negotiations should not be done. rushed but linked to results.

Petkov had planned to visit North Macedonia on January 18, but the trip could now be rescheduled.

“The prime minister will be quarantined as are the rules,” a government press official told Reuters. “There will be a visit to North Macedonia, and we will let you know as soon as a new date is set.”

Petkov will continue his work remotely while his duties which require a presence will be assumed by Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova, the government said.

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