It was attended by the mayor of Plovdiv, the regional governor, the chairman of the Municipal Council, deputy mayors, regional mayors, representatives of political parties and citizens.
The celebrations continue at “Stefan Stambolov” square in front of the Plovdiv Municipality building, where there is currently a festive concert program with the participation of “Big Band Plovdiv”.
Hero Mustafa is a senior career diplomat who was confirmed by the United States Senate as US Ambassador to Bulgaria on September 26, 2019. She previously served as Deputy US Ambassador to Portugal, where she served as Charge d’Affaires of the US Mission to Lisbon during the first seven months of President Trump’s administration.
As a career diplomat, Ambassador Mustafa served as Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 2009-2011 on Middle East and South and Central Asian Affairs. Prior to that, her Washington appointments included Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Division; adviser on Middle Eastern affairs on the staff of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; director for Iran, Jordan, and Israeli-Palestinian relations at the National Security Council and director for Iraq and Afghanistan at the National Security Council.
Her positions outside of Washington include: Senior Political Counselor at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India; Chief Civil Affairs Coordinator in Mosul, Iraq; consul at Beirut, Lebanon; and Secretary for Political Affairs in Athens, Greece. Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Mustafa was an international observer for the OSCE during the elections in Bosnia. Hero Mustafa is the recipient of a number of prestigious State Department awards, including the Matilda W. Sinclair Award for Excellence in Foreign Languages. Among the languages he speaks are Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Greek, and others, and he is currently studying Bulgarian.
Ambassador Mustafa grew up in Maine, North Dakota. Her family story is told in the documentary American Herro. She holds a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Princeton University. She is married with two children.