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State Secretary Raščan with Minister of State Brophy on development cooperation and Slovenian EU Council Presidency

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan held a videoconference call with Colm Brophy, the Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland. The pair discussed development cooperation, including the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, now just a matter of days away.

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State Secretary Raščan during videoconference call | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

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The State Secretary outlined the presidency's main priority tasks in development cooperation and humanitarian aid, which are based on two pillars placed in the broader context of post-pandemic recovery and resilience strengthening – the green transition and human development. The thematic priority linking these two pillars is a comprehensive approach to water, which will also be the core theme in the field of humanitarian aid.

The counterparts also briefly touched on bilateral relations between Slovenia and Ireland, and exchanged views on the activities the two countries are undertaking in development cooperation and humanitarian aid, underlining their excellent cooperation and similar views on a wide range of areas in these two fields. The State Secretary thanked Minister of State Brophy for the outstanding level of organisation of the Tidewater informal meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD), which took place last week and brought together the development ministers of member countries, including State Secretary Raščan who was representing Slovenia at the meeting.

Minister of State Brophy expressed his satisfaction that Slovenia has reopened its Embassy in Dublin, thus further deepening the excellent and friendly ties between the two countries.