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Minister Dr Cerar holds bilateral meetings at ASEM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Miro Cerar held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Madrid on 15–16 December 2019. He met separately with the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Foreign Minister of Singapore Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.

Minister Dr Miro Cerar and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Minister Dr Miro Cerar and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

He and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi discussed bilateral relations, with particular focus on cooperation in business and on the Western Balkans, including in the multilateral sphere. They also touched on Slovenia’s preparations and participation in the Olympics to be hosted by Japan next year. They went on to positively assess the all-round strengthening of cooperation and relations between their respective countries and exchanged invitations for visiting Japan and Slovenia.

On the margins of the Meeting, Minister Cerar also met South Korean Foreign Minister Kang. They exchanged invitations for visits and advocated for enhancing the political dialogue between their two countries. Minister Cerar was pleased to note the positive results of business cooperation. The two ministers agreed on the importance of exchanging business delegations in the near future.

Minister Cerar and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh agreed that relations between their two countries have been significantly enhanced in recent years. They welcomed the second meeting of the intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation between Slovenia and Vietnam, which took place this November. The ministers further underlined the need to conclude the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, expressing mutual interest in the realisation of high-level visits. They also assessed the cooperation between their two countries as excellent, including in the multilateral sphere.