Minister Fajon attending NATO Summit on cooperation with partners and the role of women in peace and security
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanja Fajon took part in the NATO Summit in Madrid, accompanied by Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob, and Minister of Defence Marjan Šarec. Minister Fajon participated in the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers and in the roundtable discussion of women foreign and defence ministers from allied countries on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).
As part of the Summit, Minister Fajon took part in the informal meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of foreign ministers, hosted by NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain José Manuel Albares. Together with their guests — Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi of Jordan and Foreign Minister Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania — the ministers discussed NATO’s partnership with countries from the south. Cooperation with close partners from the south makes it possible to address the root causes of challenges and takes place in two formats: the Mediterranean Dialogue (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar).
Slovenia supports cooperation with partners, especially in the light of the changed geopolitical situation, and advocates active political dialogue. Minister Fajon was pleased with her participation in her first NATO summit, and said: “The summit takes place at a time of brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine. War is raging practically on our doorstep, which is a reminder that we need to be striving for peace, over and over again. Slovenia’s efforts are devoted to a key priority – to establish peace and put an end to the war.” Minister Fajon cautioned that Russia’s aggression on Ukraine could deepen the existing divisions, destabilising the region further. “It is imperative that we work together and that the activities of NATO and its partners are coordinated,” she said. Ministers also discussed Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership applications and the fight against terrorism.
At the invitation of NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Irene Fellin, Minister Fajon took part in the roundtable discussion of women foreign and defence ministers from allied countries on Women, Peace and Security. “I am delighted that many of the Alliance’s strategies and policies already include women. This demonstrates that we understand the importance of their participation in peace-building processes, which has long-term positive effects," said Minister Fajon.
On the margins of the NATO Summit, the Minister held a number of bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of Iceland, Denmark, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Norway and Georgia.