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Minister Logar hosts Spain's Foreign Minister González

Today, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain Arancha González Laya travelled to Slovenia for a working visit. The visit was aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two Mediterranean European countries and exchanging views, which will play a vital role both before and during Slovenia's EU Council presidency in the second half of this year.

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Minister Logar and Minister Gonzáles at arrival | Author STA, Slovenska tiskovna agecija

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Minister Logar and Minister Gonzáles were in full agreement that Slovenia and Spain are linked by excellent and friendly ties, which are reflected in frequent visits and common views on many European and international topics. They expressed satisfaction with the way the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries is developing and advocated enhancing it even further, particularly in economic matters. Foreign Minister González stated that Spain fully supports Slovenia in its endeavours to join the group of Mediterranean countries MED7.

The talks once again focused on the priorities of Slovenia's EU Council Presidency. The pair highlighted the importance of mutual solidarity between the two like-minded EU Member States and endorsed a constructive and close cooperation in the run-up to and during the Slovenian and Spanish EU Council presidencies, as Spain will take up the presidency baton for the fifth time in the second half of 2023. They agreed that coordinated action and solidarity are essential and of the utmost importance in curtailing the pandemic on both the national and European levels, as well as on the global scale in terms of solidarity with other countries in the world.

The counterparts also discussed migration, as both Slovenia and Spain are currently facing migration flows and stay committed to the shared management of migration issues at the European level and to the reinstatement of the Schengen area. They went on to exchange views on other topical European and international issues, such as the measures to stem the pandemic, migration, the latest developments in the Western Balkans, and transatlantic relations.

During her return visit to Slovenia to meet with Minister Logar, who visited Spain last September, the Spanish Foreign Minister also met Slovenia's most important political figures – President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, President of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič, and Prime Minister Janez Janša.