Minister Logar in New Delhi for bilateral talks and Raisina Dialogue 2022
Foreign Minister Dr Anže Logar took part in the Raisina Dialogue 2022 conference held in New Delhi on 25–27 April, met with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and held other bilateral talks.
Minister Logar and his Indian counterpart welcomed the cooperation between the Bled Strategic Forum and the Indian think-tank ORF – Observer Research Foundation, the organiser of the annual Raisina Dialogue conference. They focused on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with Minister Logar stressing the need to respect universal values as enshrined in the UN Charter and underlining the strong and united response by the European Union. They also discussed the consequences of the Russian aggression for the European and Indo-Pacific regions, especially in terms of security and energy. They also touched on cooperation between their two countries in the multilateral field.
During his visit to India, Minister Logar also attended a concert on the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and India, where he stressed that in the last two years, Slovenia has strengthened relations with India, which is a key global stakeholder and an important part of Slovenia’s foreign policy. This is also reflected in the level of bilateral relations. The Minister also met with honorary consuls of the Republic of Slovenia in India, with whom he discussed the possibilities that the Indian market presents for Slovenian companies.
Minister Logar also participated as a panellist in the Panel Discussion titled Trading Security or Trade in Security: Europe and the Indo-Pacific. He underlined the need to respect universal values and spoke against the application of double standards when it comes to the Russian aggression against Ukraine. “Only a strong response from the international community will send a clear signal to other autocrats around the world,” said Minister Logar. He went on to explain that now is the time to work in multilateral forums, stressing that without security there can be no successful trade. The European Union itself clearly proves that prosperity can only be built on peace and security.
The ministers present at the conference were received by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, for a courtesy call.
On the margins of the conference, Minister Logar also held bilateral talks with foreign ministers of Madagascar and Nigeria, Richard Randriamandrato and Geoffrey Onyeama, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, with whom he discussed multilateral topics, development cooperation and preparations for this year’s Africa Day conference. He also met with US Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger, and they discussed ways of strengthening the cybersecurity of NATO allies.