President Pahor meets with Turkish President Erdoğan before the working dinner during the SEECP Summit in Sarajevo

Sarajevo, 8. 7. 2019 | press release

Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia, is to attend a working dinner at the invitation of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to mark the conclusion of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), held in Sarajevo. Today at a bilateral meeting in the margins of his visit, President Pahor met with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President Pahor and President Erdođan first exchanged their views on the issue of illegal migration. President Pahor informed his Turkish counterpart of the increased number of illegal crossings on the Slovenian–Croatian border, while President Erdoğan briefed him on the Turkish plans for four million refugees being taken care of by the Turkish Government, adding that the European Union had not fully fulfilled its contractual financial commitments. Turkey, meanwhile, has fulfilled its side of the deal. Both presidents then voiced concern over a possible deterioration of security in the Middle East and hoped for a diplomatic solution to the issue of Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal. The presidents also focused on increased illegal migrant flows along the Western Balkans route through Slovenia to other EU countries.

President Pahor said that he had decided to participate not only due to the possibilities of enhanced dialogue with the leaders of the Western Balkans countries but also to express support for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Presidents Pahor and Erdoğan also discussed bilateral relations between Slovenia and Turkey and agreed that there were still many opportunities to continue, deepen and develop the political dialogue initiated by the signing of the Declaration of Strategic Partnership in March 2011. President Erdođan stated that the current volume of trade between the two countries was very encouraging, and the two presidents assessed that there were further possibilities to considerably broaden the scope of that cooperation, via both investments of Turkish investors in Slovenia and those of Slovenian investors in Turkey.

President Pahor meets with Turkish President Erdođan before the working dinner during the SEECP Summit in Sarajevo
Photo: Baskan/Urad predsednika Republike Turčije