His Majesty's Minister at Sofia yesterday presented a Note to the Bulgarian Government informing them of the withdrawal of his Mission from Sofia. The reasons for this withdrawal are given in the Note, the full text of which I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT. They are, briefly, that the presence of an ever-increasing force of German troops on Bulgarian territory, the object of which can only be to menace and, if necessary, attack our Ally Greece, and the active cooperation of the Bulgarian Government in the German occupation, are incompatible with the maintenance of British diplomatic representation in Bulgaria. His Majesty's Government have no doubt that Bulgaria will live to regret her decision.
In his speech in the Chamber of Deputies on 2nd March the President of the Council stated that the Bulgarian Government had decided to agree to a request made by the German Government in the course of discussions on the proposed accession of Bulgaria to the Tripartite Pact, that German troops should be permitted to enter this country. As a result of this decision, German troops are now on Bulgarian soil.