State Secretary Gašper Dovžan attends Quadrilateral meeting in Liechtenstein
State Secretary Gašper Dovžan attended the Quadrilateral meeting between Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Slovenia, this time in Vaduz, at the invitation of Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs Martin Frick. Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland share closely aligned values, face numerous challenges and promote a common approach in a demanding international environment.
The officials exchanged their experience in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and establishing the Digital Green Certificate in the context of European and regional topics. As to EU-Liechtenstein and EU-Switzerland relations, State Secretary Dovžan gave assurances that both countries are valued and reliable partners of the Union. However, he expressed regret over the Swiss Government’s recent decision to terminate the negotiations on the Institutional Framework Agreement, emphasising that Slovenia will continue to support all efforts of the European Commission towards an agreement.
When discussing international topics, they agreed on the importance of transatlantic relations and went on to exchange views on the current regional issues. They also focused on strengthening multilateral cooperation within the UN and OSCE, agreeing to further strengthen cooperation on human rights, development cooperation and international humanitarian law, and commending the excellent cooperation that exists in the consular area.
The Quadrilateral participants were also welcomed by Prince Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein.
This year marks ten years since the inaugural meeting of the Deputy Foreign Ministers of the Quadrilateral, also held in Vaduz. Slovenia has hosted the meeting twice, in 2013 and 2018. In 2020, however, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.