President Borut Pahor on Slovenian foreign policy

Ljubljana, 25. 11. 2013 | press release

At the invitation of the Slovenian Ambassadors Club, the Slovenian Association for International Relations and the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), President Borut Pahor spoke today at the ICPE about the strategies of Slovenian foreign policy and presented his personal view on the priority areas of Slovenian foreign policy and the future of Slovenian diplomacy. As he explained, his view does not necessarily reflect the official positions of the Republic of Slovenia, but should be understood as a reflection on the long-term foreign policy of Slovenia.

Among the priorities of Slovenian foreign policy, the President pointed out the preservation and strengthening of friendships between countries and the strengthening of Slovenia’s presence on foreign markets, particularly in neighbouring countries. He further stressed that Slovenia must be wary of changes within the European Union, with the aim of keeping pace with the most developed Member States. He expressed his belief that it is necessary to launch a political initiative for enhanced regional cooperation in the area of the former Alps-Adriatic Working Community. Among the key foreign policy results of Slovenian diplomacy, he pointed out the "Brdo Process" initiative, which facilitates the enhancement of political dialogue and regional cooperation among the countries of South-East Europe.

The President presented his view of attention concentration in the form of eccentric circles, where the first circle encompasses neighbouring countries, euro area countries, and other EU Member States, followed by the enhancement of relations with global centres, where particular attention should be paid to the BRICS countries. However, in order to achieve such concentration, the President believes Slovenia needs to be anchored in the international environment at six so-called anchor points: 1st - Berlin-Paris, 2nd -Washington, 3rd - Moscow, 4th - Ankara, 5th - Tokyo and 6th - New Delhi.

At the end of his presentation, the Slovenian President also answered questions from the audience.

At the invitation of the Slovenian Ambassadors Club, the Slovenian Association for International Relations and the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), President Borut Pahor spoke today at the ICPE about the strategies of Slovenian foreign policy
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