Prime Minister Janez Janša holds bilateral discussions with other prime ministers
Today, Prime Minister Janez Janša is attending the 15th Bled Strategic Forum. Eight heads of state from the region, six foreign ministers, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and numerous other esteemed guests will attend this year’s Forum and participate in the discussions.
Prime Minister Janša began today’s bilateral meetings in the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum with the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki. Their discussion focused on the cooperation between both countries and the opportunities and challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.
At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Janša presented his Polish counterpart with a document and a commemorative sign representing the sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 and thanked the Polish nation for all their help during the coronavirus crisis. The Slovenian Armed Forces exchanged expert opinions and experience in coronavirus crisis management with a medical unit of the Polish Armed Forces, and the countries also cooperated well when returning their citizens at the onset of the pandemic.
Following the Leaders’ Panel, Prime Minister Janša met the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković. The discussion partners spoke about neighbourly cooperation and measures against the coronavirus epidemic.
After meeting the Croatian Prime Minister, Prime Minister Janša met the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, who was also one of the speakers at the Leaders’ Panel of the Bled Strategic Forum. The main topics of the discussion with the Bulgarian Prime Minister involved the pandemic situation in the Balkans and they also talked about certain topical European issues.
After a working lunch at which he hosted the prime ministers of Hungary, Croatia and the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Janša held a meeting with the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš. The prime ministers discussed the approach of both countries towards coronavirus, and they also spoke about this topic on a broader, European level. Furthermore, the discussion partners highlighted the close political and economic relations between the countries.
At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Janša presented the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, with a document and a commemorative sign representing the sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 and thanked the Czech Republic for the selfless service offered by the nation in extremely difficult times. During the first coronavirus wave, when we were short of medical and protective equipment, our friends in the Czech Republic sent us one million surgical masks and 200,000 FFP2 masks.
Prime Minister Janša later met Miroslav Lajčák, the EU Special Representative for the Belgrade–Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, with whom he spoke about the political situation in the Western Balkans with an emphasis on the Belgrade–Pristina dialogue and the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Prime Minister Janša discussed the current foreign policy issues in the international community.