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Quadrilateral meeting between Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland on the situation in the region and around the world

State Secretary Marko Štucin hosted the traditional meeting between Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland at the level of deputy foreign ministers. Their discussions focused on the current challenges in the region, the fallout from the war in Ukraine and the situation in the Western Balkans.

The deputy foreign ministers agreed that the countries of the so-called Alpine Arc share common values and that the challenges they face in many respects presuppose a common approach. In a demanding international context, cooperation and exchange of views in established formats are all the more important.

In their discussion on the consequences of the war in Ukraine, the future reconstruction, the humanitarian and migration aspects of the Russian aggression and the accountability for war crimes, State Secretary Štucin expressed continued support for Ukraine. He stressed the need to step up pressure on Russia, including efforts to establish accountability for war crimes in Ukraine, and added that Slovenia is committed to and supports all efforts to ensure a lasting and just peace in Ukraine as soon as possible.

The high officials also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans. They agreed that the EU enlargement process is an important incentive for the countries of the region to implement reforms.  State Secretary Štucin stressed the importance of maintaining a credible EU enlargement policy and considered that the region should remain a geostrategic priority for the EU.

The participants exchanged views on strengthening the competitiveness and productivity of European industry, taking into account that Liechtenstein and Switzerland are part of the internal market.

State Secretary Štucin took the opportunity to present Slovenia's activities with regard to its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2024–2025 term, highlighting the excellent cooperation of the Quadrilateral countries at the multilateral level, particularly in the field of human rights.

During the meeting, he also presented the current activities of the ITF – Enhancing Human Security and its planned projects, including those focusing on post-conflict reconstruction, mine action and rehabilitation of victims of the war in Ukraine.