Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard participated in the conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans,” organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy.
“We value our relationship with Bulgaria and see your country as a leader, including in ensuring European energy security and in contributing to collective security. For the United States, the NATO Alliance forms the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic security, and our commitment to the organization remains as firms as it was at the advent of the Alliance in 1949. It is critical that Bulgaria and the United States send a clear and consistent message that the countries of the Western Balkans have a natural place in a transatlantic community that is strong and free. Maintaining a focus on this region is essential; dialogue and compromise are indispensable; and perseverance is a virtue.” – PDAS Elizabeth Millard at the CSD conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Western Balkans Potential.