Ljubljana, July 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Slovenia and Georgia signed bilateral agreements on economic cooperation and visa liberalisation for holders of service passports as Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili paid an official visit on Monday.
Pahor, who praised together with Margvelashvili the relations between the two countries as good and deepening, acknowledged that the EU enlargement process could see some problems.
He argued Europe should “muster the courage to state its intentions regarding enlargement”. He however does not find it very likely that every country that wants to become a member will be able to.
As regards Georgia, Pahor highlighted the importance of the EU Association Agreement that entered into force this month.
Tbilisi is meanwhile still waiting for a green light for visa liberalisation, which Slovenia supports.
As for NATO, Pahor said Slovenia supported the conclusions of the recent summit in Warsaw, which also envisage closer dialogue and cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine to strengthen security in the Black Sea region.
Pahor accepted Margvelashvili’s invitation to a return visit to Georgia, the date of which remains to be determined.
Bilateral relations and topical issues were high on the agenda as parliamentary Speaker Milan Brglez met Margvelashvili later in the afternoon.
Brglez noted that there was still a lot of untapped potential for cooperation, especially in economy, between Georgia and Slovenia.
The pair also touched on recent developments in the world, including Brexit and the failed coup attempt in Turkey. They stressed that, given all the uncertainty in the world, human rights, stability, and democratic processes and values must be highlighted. The pair also agreed that intolerance, aggression and power politics must be rejected.
The Georgian president is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Miro Cerar and business executives as he concludes his visit on Tuesday.
Source: Slovenia Times
Photo: Georgia Today