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Minister Dr Logar with Portugal’s Foreign Minister Santos Silva on close cooperation between the Trio countries

At the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Anže Logar paid an official visit to the Portuguese Republic today. Slovenia and Portugal maintain close and friendly ties and are partner EU Member States as well as NATO allies. In 2021, the countries will be holding successive presidencies of the Council of the EU for the second time, for which intensive preparations are already under way.

At the meeting with his Portuguese opposite number, Minister Logar advocated for close cooperation between Slovenia and Portugal during next year’s takeover of the Council presidency and throughout the period leading up to it. Speaking about the preparations, Minister Logar stressed that the presidency might be held under exceptional circumstances due to the pandemic. The Council presidency was the main topic of discussion at the meeting, as in just three months, Portugal will take it over and then pass the baton to Slovenia in nine months. Those dossiers that are not concluded by the end of Portugal’s presidency will be carried over to Slovenia's presidency agenda. The counterparts were in full agreement that their views on numerous European and international issues are aligned, as both countries advocate for solidarity, unity, and resilience of the EU to current and future global challenges. The talks also touched on the preparations for the imminent Conference on the Future of Europe, China’s role in the global arena, and transatlantic relations.

Partnership between the two coastal countries is of even greater importance considering Slovenia’s interest in joining the informal group of Mediterranean countries MED7. With its Central European position and active efforts, Slovenia could make a significant contribution to establishing links and enhancing cooperation among the countries bordering the Mediterranean.

As part of his visit to Portugal, Mr Logar also met with the Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese Parliament, Luís Capoulas Santos, and some members of all the parties represented in the Parliament. All the participants at the meeting agreed that the presidency of the Council of the EU also represents a great opportunity for further enhancement of interparliamentary cooperation.

On the margins of his visit, the Minister also gave an interview for the Portuguese daily Público and for the Jornal de Negócios newspaper.