On Monday, the foreign minister of Slovenia and the US Secretary of State, Anže Logar and Mike Pompeo respectively, launched in Washington a new, upgraded form of structured bilateral dialogue. Logar stressed the importance of this strategic dialogue and said it would continue with the next US administration.
The main purpose of the visit, as the Slovenian government announced in a press release, concerned the further strengthening of relations between Slovenia and the US, historical friends, strategic partners and NATO allies.
At a bilateral meeting on Monday afternoon, Minister Logar and Secretary Pompeo expressed their satisfaction over the relations between the two countries, which were recently raised to a higher level. The two administrations strengthened their cooperation in numerous areas, and the deepened relations are reflected in the second meeting of ministers in the last four months.
In this light, they officially launched a new, upgraded form of structured bilateral dialogue – the Strategic Dialogue. The first round of strategic talks took place at the Department of State and was led by Political Director at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jernej Müller and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Boyse.
Minister Logar and Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to implement the allied decisions, particularly regarding the sharing of the burden.
They assessed bilateral economic cooperation as good, yet with a great deal of untapped potential. The American side underlined the geostrategic importance of the Port of Koper, opening up opportunities in infrastructure and logistics. Both countries follow a proactive approach in information and communication technologies, digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
Minister Logar and Secretary Pompeo noted the close cooperation of the two countries within regional forums, including the Three Seas Initiative and the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation.
Minister Logar voiced Slovenia’s full support for the strengthening of the transatlantic partnership between the EU and the US, which now, amid the shifted global circumstances, carries even greater weight than before. One of Slovenia’s priorities also refers to the comprehensive cooperation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications.
“Minister Logar briefed Secretary Pompeo on the preparations for Slovenia’s presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2021. In this role, Slovenia will continue to foster close relations between the EU and the USA. Furthermore, Slovenia believes that the year 2021 is the right time to hold an EU-US summit,” the press release underlines.
Among others, Minister Logar and Secretary Pompeo exchanged views on topical issues and regional challenges, including within the Western Balkans, on relations with Russia and China, as well as on the situation in the Middle East. /ibna