State Secretary Božič visits Washington
During his working visit, State Secretary Dobran Božič held bilateral talks with representatives of the US Administration. He addressed principal issues of common interest, including bilateral political and economic cooperation, NATO, EU-US relations, and individual regional issues, with particular emphasis on the Western Balkans.
The State Secretary met with Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. The pair agreed on the importance of enhancing cooperation in the field of digitalisation and new technologies, energy and infrastructure, as well as in the framework of individual regional structures such as the Three Seas Initiative.
In conversation with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip T. Reeker, State Secretary Božič addressed the topics of bilateral cooperation and the current situation in the Western Balkans. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the intensity of the political dialogue and operational cooperation between Slovenia and the United States, and advocated for enhanced transatlantic cooperation of all forms.
State Secretary Božič also visited the National Security Council, where he met with the Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Deputy Assistant to the President, Michael Kratsios. They discussed cooperation between the two countries in the field of new technologies. The State Secretary outlined Slovenia’s activities in the area of artificial intelligence, within the OECD, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
On the eve of the visit, he attended a meeting of the International Association for Religious Freedom upon the invitation of the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.