State Secretary Žbogar in Brazil for political consultations
On 10 and 11 May, State Secretary Samuel Žbogar visited Brasilia for political consultations with Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.
They reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationships and the shared desire to forge closer economic and political ties, including collaboration in multilateral forums where the two countries have a number of joint priorities.
The two high officials praised joint projects and initiatives on science and research and welcomed Brazil's participation in this year's Bled Strategic Forum. Additionally, they backed the convening of the Joint Economic Commission's meeting the following year.
Later, they discussed regional and global issues. The EU’s current priorities are to successfully conclude an agreement with the South American trade bloc (MERCOSUR) and to host the EU-CELAC Summit (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States). Slovenia supports the strengthening of relations between the EU and Latin America, including its regional organisations. Brazil is Slovenia's key partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as its main foreign trade partner in the region.
State Secretary Žbogar held a meeting with the Secretary of Foreign Trade at the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Tatiana Prazeres. Their discussion focused on negotiations for the EU-MERCOSUR trade agreement, the conclusion of which Slovenia strongly supports, and on Brazil's accession to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). They also discussed ways to improve trade between their respective countries, including the entry of Slovenian businesses into the Brazilian market.
During his visit, State Secretary Žbogar gave a short interview for the radio, discussing the impact of the Russian aggression against Ukraine on the EU and beyond, bilateral relations between Slovenia and Brazil, and our efforts to protect the environment, the water agenda and bee diplomacy activities.
The State Secretary later met with ambassadors from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and with ambassadors of EU member states in Brasilia to present Slovenia's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2024–25 term. He attended a reception for the diplomatic corps hosted on the occasion of Europe Day on 9 May by the Head of the EU Delegation and the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU.