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Long telephone conversation between Slovenian President Pahor and German President Steinmeier as part of regular discussions

Ljubljana, Berlin, 18. 8. 2020 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, exchanged views on topical international issues in a longer telephone conversation today on 18 August 2020.

This is part of communication between the two presidents, who met frequently before the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, and who have been in regular telephone contact since the beginning of this year.

The Presidents stressed the importance of unity among EU Member States in facing the Covid-19 pandemic and in relation to the EU’s other strategic challenges in its immediate neighbourhood, focusing on the situation in Belarus and Western Balkans as well as within the international community. The two presidents particularly highlighted the importance of the Transatlantic Alliance.

President Steinmeier said that he had been monitoring closely President Pahor’s meeting with Italian President Mattarella in Trieste and stressed the importance of such gestures for European understanding. President Pahor mentioned that preparations are now in progress to mark the Carinthian plebiscite centenary, which will be attended for the first time jointly by the Slovenian and Austrian presidents, thereby strengthening good neighbourly relations and friendship between the two countries and nations in the European spirit of integration and coexistence.

Second day of German president’s official visit to Slovenia
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA