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Minister Logar and German Minister Baerbock on excellent cooperation between the two countries in Berlin

Foreign Minister Anže Logar paid a working visit to Berlin. In the light of the continuation of the regular political dialogue with Germany, he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock and held several other talks as well.

The main topic of the discussion with Minister Baerbock was the security situation in Ukraine, activities to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, and the continuation of constructive cooperation on European and multilateral issues.

The two senior officials strongly condemned the Russian military attack on Ukraine. They agreed that any violation of international law and threat to the sovereignty or territorial integrity of another state had no place in the international legal order.

Ministers Logar and Baerbock exchanged views on current European issues with an emphasis on the future of Europe, the rule of law, migration and the Green Deal. In relation to the latter, Minister Logar underlined Slovenia’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions or so-called climate neutrality by 2050. He also gave an assessment of the situation in the Western Balkans region, advocating a credible EU enlargement policy.

The Ministers commended the excellent relations between the two countries, underlining the efforts to further strengthen cooperation in the light of the strategic partnership and the update of the work programme of the Slovenian-German dialogue for the next three-year period 2022–2024. Minister Logar expressed his interest in boosting economic cooperation with Germany as Slovenia’s most important foreign trade partner, with annual trade in goods in the amount of EUR 11 billion. Minister Logar pointed to the excellent cooperation of Slovenia and Germany in multilateral fora.

Minister Logar also met with State Secretary at the Federal Chancellery Jörg Kukies, Federal Chancellor’s Advisor for Foreign Policy Jens Plötner and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Christoph Heusgen.

At the meeting with State Secretary Kukies, they stressed the importance of united and proactive EU action, expressing satisfaction that the sanctions adopted against Russia are already taking effect, particularly in the financial field. They also exchanged views on energy challenges, both in the light of the consequences of Russian aggression and in the context of addressing climate change.

He and Chancellor’s Foreign Policy Advisor Plötner also devoted their discussion to the current situation. In this context, they specifically discussed the importance of the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries and the stability of the region.