Bulgarian President Roumen Radev held talks on March 1 with Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadji, spiritual leader of the country's Muslim minority, and issued a call for the state to provide greater financial support to religious communities in Bulgaria to prevent "external interference".

The meeting between Radev and Hadji took place at the initiative of the Chief Mufti's office, the Presidency said in a statement.

Radev and Hadji agreed that the peaceful co-existence of the representatives of the different religious communities in Bulgaria had been proven through the centuries and it should be strengthened and consolidated, the statement said.

Bulgarian Muslims are an important and integral part of Bulgarian society and we should not allow for encapsulation and isolation, Radev said.

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