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Minister Logar on cooperation in the Mediterranean during his working visit to Cyprus

Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar paid a working visit to the Republic of Cyprus, where he met with the political heads of Cyprus, discussing cooperation between the two countries and the situation in the EU and in the Mediterranean. The visit was aimed at maintaining good relations with one of Slovenia's natural partners and strengthening cooperation with the Mediterranean countries.

Today’s working visit to Cyprus followed yesterday's visit to Malta. In Cyprus, Minister Logar met with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, President of Malta Nicos Anastasies, and President of the House of Representatives Adamos Adamou.

Minister Logar outlined for his interlocutors the key elements of the priorities foreseen for Slovenia's presidency of the Council of the EU, which will take place under circumstances still somewhat marked by the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Slovenia will therefore focus largely on measures to mitigate the economic, financial and social consequences of the pandemic, as well as on efforts to consolidate the Union's resilience in crisis management and cybersecurity. In view of the upcoming Presidency, other areas, including European solidarity, should also be reviewed.

Partnership with Cyprus is essential for Slovenia in terms of establishing its bridging role in the context of cooperation with other Mediterranean countries. Foreign ministers Logar and Christodoulides thus touched on the topical EU and global issues, identifying opportunities for closer cooperation between Slovenia and Cyprus in the areas of common interest, as they are both members of the EU, share common European values and are situated on the Mediterranean coast. It is also imperative to consolidate the economic ties between the two countries, as the direct investments from Cyprus to Slovenia constitute a relevant share of total foreign investments.

Slovenia expressed full solidarity with Cyprus regarding the latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean and the wider region.

Minister Logar, accompanied by Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cyprus Evros Alexandrou, also visited the new premises of the Consulate General of Slovenia, located in the centre of Limassol.