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President Pahor met with the Turkish President Erdoğan on the margins of the UN General Assembly

New York City, USA, 21. 9. 2021 | press release

President Pahor, who is leading the Slovenian delegation at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, has had several meetings with other statesmen on the sidelines of this session.

Before the start of the general discussion, President Pahor today attended the traditional reception for heads of state and government hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

At the new premises of the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN, inaugurated yesterday in New York, he met with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President Pahor met with the Turkish President Erdoğan on the margins of the UN General Assembly
Photo: UPRS

During their talk, the two presidents said that bilateral relations between the two countries were very good, noted that Slovenia and Turkey had been strategic partners since 2011, and agreed that economic cooperation was particularly good but could be further strengthened. President Erdoğan said that he expected a Joint Economic Commission's meeting to take place soon. He added that he was pleased to see the increased scope of cooperation with Slovenia, which he considered to be very successful and which could be further enhanced.

President Erdoğan also stressed the importance of cooperation within the NATO alliance and said that he would like Slovenia to reconsider its decision to remove Turkey from the list of countries that are not safe.

They exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and the challenges of migration, as Turkey currently hosts almost 350,000 refugees from Afghanistan. President Erdoğan said that they wanted to move them from tent settlements to constructed ones, which was becoming very difficult as the European Union was not providing additional funds to accommodate refugees.

The two presidents recalled the many meetings they had had during their time as prime ministers, when the Strategic Partnership Agreement was concluded. Since then, they have established a high level of mutual trust in regular meetings. President Pahor said that dialogue should be pursued even if we did not share the same views on all issues.

Later, President Pahor met with the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesado. During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on the current situation in the world, and the President of Costa Rica presented his assessment of the situation in Latin America, focusing on the situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela. President Quesado congratulated President Pahor on the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, noting that the main message of the Slovenian Presidency, "together", seemed particularly important to him at this time. They also exchanged views on the climate crisis. Costa Rica, according to its President, is making great effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, but it found that coping with COVID-19 represented a major challenge for the transition to a green economy. The two presidents agreed that the only way to influence change was to act now. The two countries are members of the Green Group, a UN group working to accelerate change in this field. President Quesada invited President Pahor to pay an official visit to Costa Rica, and President Pahor made a reciprocal invitation.

In New York, President Pahor has already met with the President of Korea, Moon Jae-in, the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, and others.

In the evening, President Pahor will meet with representatives of the Slovenian community in New York. At President Pahor's invitation, representatives of the Slovenian community in New York will attend a reception in honour of the 30th anniversary of Slovenia's independence and in honour of the high-level visit from Slovenia, which will be hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia in New York.