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The visit of the President of the Republic of Slovenia to NATO

Bruselj, 9. 1. 2018 | press release

On 9 January 2018, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, was on a two-day state visit to the NATO alliance. This was the President’s first visit since Slovenia joined the alliance 14 years ago.

Predsednik Republike Slovenije in vrhovni poveljnik obrambnih sil Borut Pahor in generalni sekretar zavezništva NATO Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

During the visit, President Pahor toured the new headquarters and met the employees of Slovenia’s Permanent Mission to the NATO. He thanked them for their work and for representing Slovenia in this significant forum.

The current security and political conditions, including the conditions in our immediate neighbourhood, were discussed with the ambassadors of Balkan countries (Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey) at a working lunch.

The visit then continued with a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, at which the future development of the NATO Alliance was discussed. In the President's opinion, the Alliance will remain a fundamental military pillar and a factor affecting the security of the Alliance members and the entire Western world. The partners in dialogue discussed the necessary in-depth cooperation between NATO and the EU, as well as the conditions in the Western Balkans. The President presented his plans within the scope of the Brdo Brijuni Process, which will be held in Skopje this April. The Secretary General stressed the need for increased military mobility and the EU’s major role in this.