Today, President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor had a telephone conversation with President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella

Ljubljana, 8. 4. 2020 | press release

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, had a telephone conversation with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

The two presidents had a long conversation in which they exchanged information on the current situation in both countries. Presidents Pahor and Mattarella expressed their hope that the positive trends of the decline in the number of new infections will continue and that it will soon be possible to lift the restrictive measures and gradually return to normal in so far as possible.

Slovenia is ready to help Italy by providing necessary equipment and healthcare workers, offering 14 doctors and nurses.

Presidents Pahor and Mattarella highlighted the importance of solidarity and cooperation between countries and expressed their regret that the EU failed to respond faster and more effectively. Furthermore, they expressed support of the measures taken by their governments and of efforts to effectively deal with the economic crisis at the European level. They agreed that we should not be closing ourselves off and losing faith in the European project especially in these times. Both the European and Euro-Atlantic partnerships have been put to the test and it is unclear what will happen after the crisis. The preservation of democratic values and a sense of community and all things shared is therefore all the more important.

The presidents also touched upon the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the arson attack of Narodni Dom, the Slovenian cultural centre in Trieste, which will take place on 13 July, and preparations to return the cultural centre to the Slovenian minority on this very occasion.

President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor had a telephone conversation with President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella
Photo: An┼że Malovrh/STA