Minister Logar with Foreign Minister Araújo on enhancing political and economic cooperation
At today's video conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar and his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araújo, confirmed the traditionally good relations between their respective countries, expressing mutual interest in finding new ways to build on the existing foundations.
Brazil is one of Slovenia’s key political and economic partners in Latin America and the only country in the region with an embassy in Ljubljana. The two countries have developed successful bilateral cooperation over the course of the last 28 years. However, both sides are confident that there still remain many unexplored possibilities to reinforce it even more.
The ministers underlined the interest in consolidating political dialogue and pointed to the numerous opportunities for further strengthening economic cooperation. Bilateral trade already accounts for almost half of Slovenia’s total trade with Latin America and the Caribbean. They went on to express their pleasure that the two countries have been able to cooperate in a variety of projects established in the fields of science, technology, and education, including through direct cooperation between professional institutions from both countries.
Minister Logar provided an outline of Slovenia’s preparations for the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2021, highlighting the attention it is planning to devote to Latin American themes during this time. He recalled that Brazil was one of the two strategic partners of the European Union in the region, and that relations with it are also taking place in the context of EU-Mercosur cooperation.
The ministers also touched upon participation in multilateral fora and went on to exchange information on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.