State Secretary Dovžan talking to Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Sales
Today, State Secretary Gašper Dovžan received the State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales. During their discussions, the State Secretary underlined Slovenia’s commitment to counter-terrorism within the scope of the European Union, with particular focus on the challenges posed by the misuse of new technologies.
They agreed that the partnership and allied relations between Slovenia and the USA are strong and well developed; however, there is scope for them to continue to be enhanced in all areas of common interest. Secretary of State Pompeo’s recent successful visit to Slovenia has made an important contribution to identifying new opportunities that invite cooperation, both in political dialogue and cyber security, the economy, science, and technology.
Slovenia stressed its commitment to counter-terrorism within the framework of the European Union, focusing on the challenges posed by the misuse of emerging technologies and modern communication channels, the threat to public places and critical infrastructure, and the strengthening of politically motivated violent extremism.
As regards counter-terrorism activities, Slovenia is focused on providing support to countries in the neighbourhood, especially the Western Balkans. Together with its allies and partners, it is also devoting increasing attention to the situation in Africa and the Middle East.
Slovenia remains a strong member of the Global Coalition against Daesh, deploying members of the Slovenian Armed Forces to take part in the efforts to provide training for Iraqi security forces in Erbil.