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Bilateral political consultations between Slovenia and Georgia

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan and Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Teimuraz Janjalia held bilateral political consultations in Ljubljana. They agreed that the bilateral cooperation is characterised by positive dynamics, with many opportunities for further enhancement, especially in tourism. They exchanged views on current foreign policy and security regional issues and discussed Georgia’s cooperation with the EU and NATO.

in front of flags, at the ministry's protocol entrance

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan and Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Teimuraz Janjalia | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

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State Secretary Raščan and Deputy Foreign Minister Janjalia agreed that relations between the two countries are good and characterised by positive dynamics. They welcomed the regular political dialogue between Slovenia and Georgia, agreeing that Georgian Minister would visit Ljubljana in October. There is a mutual interest between the two countries in strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially on tourism, development cooperation, agriculture and defence.

The two high officials exchanged views on current foreign policy issues (the situation in Afghanistan, the Western Balkans, and the Eastern Partnership). Deputy Foreign Minister Janjalia outlined the pressing security issues in the South Caucasus and the current situation in Georgia, especially South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In the light of the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held in Brussels in December, Deputy Foreign Minister Janjalia briefed his Slovenian host on Georgia’s expectations regarding the future of this partnership. He went on to inform State Secretary Raščan about Georgia’s intention to build a port on the Black Sea with a view to becoming a key transport hub between Asia and Europe.

State Secretary Raščan confirmed Slovenia’s support for the Georgia's EU and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, underlining the importance of the reform policies or commitments which Georgia undertook in the framework of the European Union Association Agreement. He also presented Slovenia’s views on EU enlargement and the Western Balkans.