The Federated States of Micronesia & the Republic of Bulgaria Establish Diplomatic Relations

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On October 20th, 2022, the Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Bulgaria established diplomatic relations at a ceremony held in New York. H.E. Jeem Lippwe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the FSM to the United Nations, and H.E. Lachezara Stoeva, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations, signed a Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations.

During the meeting, the Ambassadors briefly discussed the importance of multilateralism to both countries. They agreed on the importance to combat Climate Change, which the FSM views to be the Nation’s enduring and most existential security threat. Ambassador Lippwe reiterated the call from H.E. David W. Panuelo, President of the FSM, for the European Union to establish a permanent presence in the FSM.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between the FSM and Bulgaria reaffirmed the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and was done in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 of April 1961. The establishment of diplomatic relations was attended by members of the two respective Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York. Bulgaria is the ninety-sixth (96th) country which with FSM has established diplomatic relations.