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Minister Fajon in the Kyrgyz Republic on strengthening cooperation between the two countries

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon paid an official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to strengthen economic cooperation, political dialogue, and the bilateral and multilateral partnership.

The Minister was welcomed by her host, Foreign Minister Zheenbek Kulubaev, who agreed that the two countries have a great potential for cooperation. “We have identified areas in which we can boost cooperation: hydropower, agriculture, student exchanges, and information and communication technology. The strengthening of ties and cooperation has also been facilitated by the Agreement on Economic Cooperation signed by me and the Kyrgyz Foreign Minister in September 2022, the Memorandum of Cooperation between the foreign ministries of the Republic of Slovenia and the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Memorandum of Cooperation between SPIRIT and the Kyrgyz Community Development and Investment Agency, which was signed today,” the Minister said. “The fact is that a strong Central Asia, including the Kyrgyz Republic, is important for Slovenia, and a strong European Union is also important for the Central Asian region, which is located between the two superpowers, China and Russia,” the Minister explained.

The two ministers signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. Minister Fajon also took the occasion to invite her Kyrgyz counterpart to pay an official visit to Slovenia before the end of the year, when the first meeting of the Joint Economic Commission between the two countries could take place.

Minister Fajon met with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Head of Presidential Administration Akylbek Japarov, Minister of Energy Talaybek Ibrayev, and Minister of Economy Daniyar Amangeldiev. In the talks with her hosts, Minister Fajon welcomed the regional integration in Central Asia and their interest in strengthening cooperation with the EU. She called for enhanced economic cooperation and for partnership in other areas.

In addition to bilateral themes, the high officials exchanged views on the current international challenges and Minister Fajon presented Slovenia's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2024–2025 term. She highlighted Slovenia's efforts to ensure international peace, security and development and condemned Russia's aggression against Ukraine. To conclude, she expressed her hope that the suffering of the civilian population would end as soon as possible.

During her visit, Minister Fajon also hosted the Slovenian-Kyrgyz Business Forum, which aimed to present the business environment of both countries, showcasing companies and providing an opportunity to establish links between the participants. "I visited Bishkek with a delegation of representatives of ten Slovenian companies to which the Slovenian diplomacy is providing support during their penetration into the Kyrgyz market. They see it as a replacement for the Russian market. Kyrgyzstan, like Uzbekistan, is a promising export market for Slovenian companies, especially in areas such as hydropower, photovoltaics, infrastructure, information and communication technology," the Minister said.