Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar hosted Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Malta Evarist Bartolo on an official visit to Slovenia. The visit was aimed at deepening political and economic relations and strengthening cooperation at both the European and multilateral levels between the two countries, discussing Slovenia’s potential participation in the group of Mediterranean countries, and exchanging views on other topical international issues. Their talks focused on the future of the European Union and the challenges facing the Slovenian EU Council Presidency, particularly in migration and the EU’s economic recovery.
Slovenia and Malta maintain excellent and friendly relations in all areas of cooperation and are linked by their EU membership, adherence to European values, and the Mediterranean region. The two foreign ministers also discussed migratory flows. Located along the coast, Slovenia will actively take part in the group of Mediterranean countries MED7, of which Malta is also a member. Minister Logar thanked his colleague for Malta’s support regarding Slovenia’s efforts to join this informal group.
They also addressed their common positions on key issues and the EU’s future functioning. They advocated more efficient coordination between EU member states and agreed that the Union needs to be strengthened as a reliable and credible partner in the neighbourhood and the world. Minister Logar took this opportunity to outline to his counterpart the activities undertaken towards fulfilling the priorities of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency. The two ministers also exchanged views on the Conference on the Future of Europe, which is currently underway during the Slovenian Presidency. They also touched on EU enlargement, the Western Balkans, and other topical international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, stressing the urgent need for coordinated and concerted action of EU member states in dealing with the impact of political shifts in the country.