Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left on Thursday for a visit to Bulgaria, where he will attend a summit alongside the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and the president of Serbia.
Netanyahu said before departing that the visit aims "to strengthen our ties with any country, but this is also a bloc of countries with which I want to promote my policies, to change the European Union's hypocritical and hostile approach."
"This is a process that will take time," he said, adding that "it's an important thing for Israel, whose status in the world is rising."
On Thursday evening, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the two are expected to hold a press conference.
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On Friday, Netanyahu will take part in the Craiova Forum and hold meeting with the leaders of the forum's member states: Serbian President Aleksandar Vuči, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dncil.