President of Slovenia and Speaker of the House of the People of Indian Parliament on strengthening bilateral cooperation
Ljubljana, 29. 5. 2013 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the Speaker of the House of the People of the Parliament of India, Meira Kumar, and her accompanying delegation, on her first official visit to Slovenia. In their talks, they advocated the further strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries in political and economic areas.
Speaker Kumar first expressed her gratitude for the hospitality and her enthusiasm for the beauties of Slovenia that she experienced during her visit, adding that Slovenia could become a very popular destination for Indian tourists.
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President Pahor and Speaker Kumar focused on opportunities for closer comprehensive cooperation and assessed economic cooperation between the two countries. India, with a 0.7 percent share in Slovenia’s foreign trade, ranked 26th
among Slovenia’s most important economic partners in 2012. In Asia, India is the third most important foreign trade partner of Slovenia; the trade in goods between the two countries in 2012 amounted to EUR 289.7 million (provisional data) compared to 2011. Speaker Kumar added that, although recent reports have indicated enhanced business cooperation, she and President Pahor agreed that the countries could make better use of untapped potential to boost cooperation. They discussed cooperation in tourism, higher education and research, while the Indian delegation also expressed keen interest in opening up investments in Slovenia.
The speaker of the House of People of the Parliament of India also said that the 2011 state visit of President Pahor to India, then as Prime Minister, represented an important turning point in bilateral relations. It was a turning point in all respects, including the India-Slovenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was established during that visit. In the two years since the visit, the trade in goods has been given an additional boost. In this regard, President Pahor added that bilateral relations need to be nurtured at all levels as the two countries share many common interests.
In their discussion, they also touched upon current issues relating to the European Union and its future development.