State Secretary Žbogar at the informal meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs in Oslo
State Secretary Samuel Žbogar attended the informal meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs in Oslo. On the first day, State Secretary Žbogar, together with ministers of foreign affairs, attended the ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attack that happened in Norway on 22 July 2011. On the second day, he represented Slovenia at the informal ministerial meeting.
At the meeting, the ministers from NATO and Sweden exchanged views on key issues for the Alliance ahead of the Vilnius Summit in July. They focused on political and practical support to Ukraine and discussed its Euro-Atlantic future, using the conclusions of the 2008 Bucharest NATO Summit as a framework. For Slovenia, it is crucial to preserve the unity of the Alliance and to secure continued firm support for Ukraine's most urgent needs.
They also discussed the increasingly volatile security environment, which, in addition to the threat from Russia, is also marked by terrorist threats and broader geo-political dynamics affecting the security of the allies.
Slovenia supports joint efforts to reduce security risks and increase the overall resilience of the Alliance. It also expects to see Sweden joining the Allies in Vilnius. In the context of the preparations, Slovenia is committed to thoroughly addressing the challenges and opportunities coming from the South at the Summit. It is also determined to ensure that NATO pays due attention to the security challenges in the Mediterranean region.
Slovenia has repeatedly stressed that the Western Balkans remains a region of strategic importance for common security, as recent outbreaks of violence in the north of Kosovo have also reminded us. These must cease immediately and both sides must find a political solution through a dialogue.
At the meeting, Slovenia and other allies supported the reinforcements of NATO forces in Kosovo.