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State Secretary Štucin at consultations in Berlin on strengthening strategic partnership

State Secretary Marko Štucin held talks at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin with Minister of State for Europe and Climate Dr Anna Lührmann, State Secretary Andreas Michaelis and Director for Europe Sibylle Sorg. The meeting was aimed at identifying ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between Slovenia and Germany, and also provided an opportunity for an exchange of views on topical European and international themes.
Državni sekretar Štucin z državno ministrico za Evropo in podnebje dr. Anno Lührmann

State Secretary Štucin talking to Minister of State for Europe and Climate Anna Lührmann | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

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In addition to enhancing bilateral relations and discussing current international issues, State Secretary Štucin and his counterparts also talked about EU enlargement, the Western Balkans, Ukraine, the respect for the rule of law, migration and Schengen.

They confirmed the excellent relations between their respective countries and the efforts to carry out joint activities within the scope of the Slovenian-German dialogue. They welcomed the European Council's decision to grant candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling for the enlargement process to continue. They went on to underline the need to continue providing support and assistance to Ukraine and backed the EU's efforts to tackle the energy crisis.

State Secretary Štucin paid particular attention to migration, pointing to the importance of a fully functioning Schengen area and the abolition of internal border controls. The high officials also agreed on the need to respect the rule of law and continue the dialogue between the EU member states in this context.