Presidents Pahor and Mattarella in Jerusalem discuss the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the burning of Trieste National Hall to be held on 13 July of this year in Trieste

Jeruzalem, 23. 1. 2020 | press release

At the invitation of President Reuven Rivlin of Israel, President Borut Pahor is in Jerusalem to attend the World Holocaust Forum, which was organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

President Pahor held a bilateral meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy before the main commemorative ceremony. The two presidents praised the rich political, economic and cultural ties between their countries, and their friendly and honest relations, with a high level of cooperation in a number of areas. President Pahor expressed his satisfaction with their latest meeting, and with the continuation of friendly dialogue.

He went on to thank President Mattarella for his engagement in arranging the return of Trieste National Hall to the Slovene minority, while his counterpart briefed him on certain aspects of the process. The two presidents set a date for the great ceremony to mark the occasion: it will be held on 13 July 2020, the 100th anniversary of the burning. President Pahor repeated his view that the ceremony and the attendance of the two leaders at it will confirm the deep friendship between the two neighbouring countries and nations, and they agreed that its symbolism and message should be focused on the future. President Pahor also informed President Mattarella that he is organising a permanent Slovenian conference on the future of Europe, which will run in parallel with the conference in Brussels; the Italian president said that at this moment these considerations are extremely important, and valuable.

As far as current European and international issues are concerned, the conversation between the two presidents focused on the future of the EU, and the current situation that it faces. They discussed Brexit, the situation in the western Balkans, and the migration situation and the need for a common European response to it. They also reiterated their commitment to a close-knit, unified EU, and agreed that wider dialogue is needed on the difficulties being faced by Europe.

The two presidents also shared their views of the situation in the Middle East, and the current situation in Libya.

Presidents Pahor and Mattarella in Jerusalem discuss the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the burning of Trieste National Hall to be held on 13 July of this year in Trieste
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