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State Secretary Božič holds bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Bled Strategic Forum

As part of the 14th Bled Strategic Forum, State Secretary Božič met with Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Machperson. They discussed the challenges posed by Brexit and possibilities of strengthening bilateral ties, particularly in the economy, tourism and sustainable development.

State Secretary Dobran Božič with Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Machperson

State Secretary Dobran Božič with Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Machperson

State Secretary Božič also held a meeting with Deputy Secretaries-General of the EEAS Pedro Serrano and Jean-Christophe Belliard. Their talks focused on the importance of strengthening the EU common foreign and security policy, with a special emphasis on the Euro-Atlantic path for the Western Balkan countries, and reviewed the challenges of the European defence policy and crisis management in effective dealing with pressing global issues.

On the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum State Secretary Božič also met with Matthew A. Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, responsible for the Western Balkans and Turkey. They exchanged views on the current developments in the Western Balkans and stressed the importance of the Euro-Atlantic perspective for the countries of the region.

On the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum, the State Secretary also held talks with a Ghanaian business delegation headed by Lawrence Agyinsam, CEO of Ghana EXIM Bank. The attendance of the first delegation from sub-Saharan Africa at the Forum is the follow-up of intensive bilateral ties with Ghana over the last two years. The delegation included representatives of the Slovenia-Ghana Business Club, actively coordinating business activities involving the two markets. The talks served as an overview of identified business opportunities and the current status of projects.