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03.10.2019  

At the invitation of Foreign Minister dr. Miro Cerar Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn pays an official visit to Slovenia

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Immigration and Asylum of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn paid an official visit to Slovenia on 1 October 2019. The official delegation also included the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Luxembourg, H.E. dr. Rado Genorio.

The visit of Minister Asselborn, who last visited Slovenia two years ago, means the continuation of a regular and in-depth political dialogue between two like-minded EU Member States. In addition Minister Asselborn was also received by the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Defense Minister Karl Erjavec. The focus of the talks was bilateral cooperation and cooperation in the field of European affairs.

The two ministers reaffirmed excellent bilateral relations between the two countries based on common European values, the rule of law and similar views on current European and global topics. They expressed satisfaction with the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries and between Slovenia and the Benelux countries, especially in the field of European affairs and economic cooperation. Luxembourg ranks second among foreign investors in Slovenia, with the value of Luxembourg's direct investments in Slovenia increasing by 33% in 2018 compared to the year before. Regarding cooperation in the field of research, the two ministers discussed possible cooperation in the project of establishing an international artificial intelligence research center, supported by UNESCO and based at the Jožef Štefan Institute. Co-operation will continue also in relation to Slovenian EU Presidency in the second half of the year 2021. Both countries are committed to the principles of multilateralism in the EU, Europe and worldwide, and respect for international law, court decisions and pre-agreed rules. Minister dr. Cerar thanked his interlocutor for the support of the Benelux countries in the implementation of the arbitration on the border between Slovenia and Croatia, expressed in 2017 in joint statement of the 3 Prime Ministers.