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President Pahor concludes visit to New York by meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

New York, 24. 9. 2021 | press release

President Borut Pahor, who is attending high-level events and the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York today. President Pahor expressed his satisfaction that this year's General Assembly is once again being held in person.

President Pahor and Secretary-General Guterres discussed current global issues, such as the fight against climate change and tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the related health aspects and economic consequences. President Pahor confirmed Slovenia's full commitment to multilateralism and its willingness to continue its close cooperation with the UN – all big problems are global, he said, and we can only solve them together.

President Pahor concludes visit to New York by meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS

On the margins of the General Assembly's session, President Pahor also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Minister Lavrov welcomed the decision to declare the day of the ceremony held each year at the Russian Chapel as Slovenia-Russia Friendship Day. President Pahor said that the decision was very well received in Slovenia, as the Russian Chapel had traditionally been seen as a symbol of the ties between Slovenians and Russians, and the annual ceremony there reminded us of the importance of peace. President Pahor and Minister Lavrov agreed that efforts should be made to promote dialogue in the interests of peace and friendship.

President Pahor and the Russian foreign minister discussed current international affairs, focusing on the relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation. President Pahor assessed that there was a lack of trust on both sides and that he believed that dialogue should be strengthened, because it was the only viable option in such situations. The president and the minister also talked about the current situation in Afghanistan.

Today, President Pahor also held brief meetings with the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel.

On the sidelines of the session, President Pahor also spoke with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, about the Western Balkans Summit to be held in two weeks' time at Brdo pri Kranju and, in this context, about some of the dilemmas and impressions following the talks that President Pahor had with leaders from the region in New York.

President Pahor concludes visit to New York by meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS