State Secretary Štucin with German Minister of State for Europe and Climate on enhancing relations
State Secretary Marko Štucin hosted Dr Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the German Federal Foreign Office, for consultations. Their meeting was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in the context of the strategic partnership between the two countries and at enhancing their bilateral cooperation on European affairs.
The high officials confirmed the excellent political and economic relations between their two countries, which share views on major issues in the international community. They stressed the importance of continued support and assistance to Ukraine and of ensuring that the Russian regime is held accountable for the crimes committed in Ukraine. State Secretary Štucin outlined the importance of the MLA Diplomatic Conference in Ljubljana, which will be held from 15 to 26 May 2023. The event is aimed at adopting the Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and Other International Crimes.
The talks also touched on the situation in the Western Balkans, with both State Secretary Štucin and his guest in agreement that the EU enlargement process provides a strong incentive to countries in the region to continue implementing reforms. In this context, the State Secretary pointed to the importance of maintaining a credible EU enlargement policy, assessing that the region should remain a geostrategic priority for the EU.
The two sides also paid particular attention to migration, with State Secretary Štucin stressing the importance of the full functioning of Schengen and the abolition of internal border controls.