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Political consultations between Slovenia and India aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan conducted virtual political consultations with Reenat Sandhu, Secretary (West) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India. The two high officials confirmed the good relations between the two countries, expressing a mutual interest in strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

state secretary sitting, looking at the screen with the audio-video conference

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan conducted virtual political consultations with Reenat Sandhu, Secretary (West) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

State Secretary Dr Raščan and Indian Secretary Sandhu took the opportunity to exchange information on the situation and measures taken by both countries to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, they also discussed the recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates. State Secretary Dr Raščan informed Secretary Sandhu that on 3 December 2021 the Slovenian Government included Covaxin by Bharat Biotech from India on the list of recognised COVID-19 vaccines. 

State Secretary Raščan also briefed Secretary Sandhu on the priorities and achievements of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with an emphasis on relations between the EU and India and the Indo-Pacific region. Secretary Sandhu highlighted India’s expectations regarding the free trade agreement and mobility and connectivity agreements between the EU and India.

They confirmed their interest in continuing political dialogue, exchanging views on current foreign and regional security issues, concentrating on the Western Balkans, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

State Secretary Raščan requested India’s support for the candidacy of the Republic of Slovenia to the UNSC in the period 2024–25.