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Minister Dr Cerar pays a working visit to Austria

Vienna, 7 November 2018 – Foreign Minister Dr Miro Cerar is on an official visit to Vienna today. During the visit, he met the President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, and the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Dr Karin Kneissl. He and his Austrian counterpart have confirmed the positive bilateral relations.

Vienna, 7 November 2018 – Foreign Minister Dr Miro Cerar is on an official visit to Vienna today. During the visit, he met the President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, and the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Dr Karin Kneissl. He and his Austrian counterpart have confirmed the positive bilateral relations.

 

The ministers confirmed the friendly and good neighbourly relations, including further interest in enhancing existing cooperation. They outlined excellent business cooperation and advocated enhancing cooperation on culture: they confirmed an interest in organising a joint thematic year on the topic of neighbourly dialogue, which would increase the visibility of the shared cultural heritage, mutual understanding and knowledge about one another. Minister Dr Cerar expressed the hope that the new Austrian government would increase the funds for the Slovenian national community and fulfil the promises to systemically and legally regulate the status of minority printed media.

 

The two ministers agreed on the cooperation of ITF Enhancing Human Security and the Austrian side in Syria. The initiative will be presented at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

 

They later touched on the current challenges of the Austrian EU Council Presidency, exchanging views on some topical European issues, such as migration, Brexit and the situation in South-Eastern Europe.

 

Minister Dr Cerar also held a separate meeting with the President of the Austrian National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka. They confirmed the positive cooperation of the two countries, and exchanged views on some topical international issues.

 

During his visit to Vienna, Dr Cerar will also meet representatives of Austrian companies investing in Slovenia.