Minister Logar with Danish Foreign Minister Kofod on strengthening cooperation
Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar travelled to Copenhagen on an official visit to meet with Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod. The visit was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Slovenia and Denmark, reviewing the implementation of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency priorities, and discussing topical international issues and measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.
Slovenia and Denmark are linked by excellent and friendly ties as well as by regular and constructive cooperation within the EU, NATO, and regional and international forums. The counterparts advocated continued strengthening of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the technological and economic spheres. In 2020, Denmark was the leading foreign trade partner with Slovenia among the Nordic countries.
The two foreign ministers devoted particular attention to the situation in Afghanistan, in particular to the evacuation and the impact of political shifts in the country. They called for intensive coordination as regards further EU and NATO activities and strategies. The informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, which will take place in Slovenia at the beginning of September, will provide an opportunity to hold a strategic discussion on this issue.
The pair used the occasion of their meeting today to exchange views on topical international challenges facing the Slovenian Presidency, which include measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, transatlantic relations, the Western Balkans and migration, reaffirming their readiness to play an active part in all key strategic issues. One of the main priority tasks of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency is to contribute to a more efficient response to various crises. “In order to improve our pandemic preparedness and reinforce the resilience of health systems, it is particularly important to make every effort towards establishing a European Health Union”, stressed Minister Logar.
As part of his visit to Denmark, the Minister also met with the Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee in the Danish Parliament Martin Lidegaard, the former Dutch Prime Minister and Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and high representatives of the Danish logistics company A.P. Møller-Mӕrsk, the main partner in container freight of the Port of Koper. Dimitrij Zadel, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Port of Koper, also attended the meeting, which took place at the Copenhagen headquarters of this largest logistics company.