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Minister Cerar concludes visit to Washington with talks with Secretary of State Pompeo and National Security Advisor Bolton

Washington, 14 December 2018 – On the second day of his visit to the US capital, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Miro Cerar met his host, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

 

Minister Cerar and Secretary of State Pompeo reviewed the status of bilateral relations between Slovenia and the United States, and agreed that they are well developed in all key areas of common interest. The two countries have established regular political dialogue, economic cooperation has been enhanced, cooperation on defence and military cooperation is very successful, and the people of both countries share strong people-to-people and cultural ties. They agreed that relations must continue to be developed, also by political visits at various levels. 

 

They went on to exchange views on the situation in the Western Balkans. There is a regular exchange of views between Slovenia and the United States on the situation in the region, and both countries strongly support its European and Euro-Atlantic future. In this context, Minister Cerar stressed arbitration and the importance of implementing the arbitral award between Slovenia and Croatia. He underlined that Slovenia insists that all states must respect the rule of law, as this is the only way to resolve outstanding issues in the region. He asked Secretary of State Pompeo to reconsider US views on this issue, stressing that Slovenia would like the United States to caution, in principle, that it is imperative to implement treaties and decisions passed by international courts.

 

The interlocutors also touched on topical issues of transatlantic cooperation, with particular emphasis on NATO. In April, Washington will be hosting a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, while Slovenia will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of NATO membership a few days earlier. They underlined the importance of unity and solidarity between the member states, which is also evident in the distribution of burdens and in facing the current security challenges.

They also talked about the Three Seas Initiative, which Slovenia will be hosting next year. Finally, they touched on some other topical issues. Minister Cerar thanked the United States for its contribution to ITF – Enhancing Human Security and expressed the hope for continued cooperation on demining.

 

During the visit, Minister Cerar entered his name in the book of guests of the State Department.

 

In the talks with National Security Advisor John Bolton, Minister Cerar confirmed the positive relations and successful cooperation between their respective countries, and went on to convey the hope for more high-level visits in the future. He also expressed Slovenia's wish to host President Trump and his First Lady, Melania. 

 

The US side was particularly interested in Slovenia's view on topical developments in the Western Balkans. The interlocutors agreed that EU-US cooperation in the region is exceptionally important and that its European and Euro-Atlantic perspective is essential to progress, security and stability. They agreed that more attention should be paid to settling the situation in the Western Balkans, and to the Agreement on Comprehensive Normalization of Relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

 

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