Foreign Minister Gabriel welcomed his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec to the Federal Foreign Office on Tuesday (9 May). This meeting was held on a special occasion, as in 2017, Germany and Slovenia are celebrating 25 years of bilateral relations. These relations will be further strengthened in the future through a regular dialogue between Germany and Slovenia.
Anniversary visit on Europe Day
9 May is Europe Day, but this was not the only reason why the visit of Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjovac today marked a special occasion. Germany and Slovenia have been maintaining diplomatic relations for 25 years. Foreign Minister Gabriel stressed that the two countries are more than just close economic partners. They also have very good political and cultural relations.
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Gabriel stated that relations would be further strengthened in the future. In a joint anniversary declaration, the two Foreign Ministers decided to create a new framework for their bilateral partnership. Every year, Germany and Slovenia will officially meet to discuss bilateral relations. This dialogue will be held alternately in Germany and Slovenia.
Cooperation in Europe
It is not only bilateral relations that are excellent, Germany and Slovenia also work closely together at European level and in NATO. Gabriel stated that Slovenia has demonstrated that it can do both: “It is a strong and confident nation state but it is also a strong partner working with the EU in solidarity.”
Within the framework of the EU, Germany and Slovenia are working closely together in the area of refugees and migration in particular. There is also broad agreement between the two countries on the situation in the Western Balkans and Germany, Sigmar Gabriel said, could still learn a lot from Slovenia’s familiarity with the region.