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Iran denies airspace access to Bulgarian PM's plane en route to Riyadh

Iran denies airspace access to Bulgarian PM's plane en route to Riyadh
Iran has denied Bulgaria PM entry into airspace en route to Saudi Arabia, Al-Arabiya reported.

“The refusal is inexplicable,” Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said.

She said Iran’s ambassador in Sofia has been summoned for an explanation. Iran had initially given the flight permission before it took off, she said.

The plane was carrying former king Simeon Saxe Coburg, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Zaharieva and four other ministers.

It was the first visit by a Bulgarian prime minister to Saudi Arabia since the former communist country, now a member of the European Union, and the kingdom established relations 20 years ago.

Borisov was due to be received on Wednesday by Saudi King Salman and by the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, under whom relations with Iran have deteriorated dramatically.
Last Modified: Thursday، 30 November 2017 09:58 AM
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