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President Pahor receives Czech Prime Minister Sobotka

Ljubljana, 13. 4. 2015 | press release

At the Presidential Palace, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, today hosted the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr Bohuslav Sobotka. President Pahor described the relations between Slovenia and the Czech Republic as excellent. He also thanked Prime Minister Sobotka for supporting closer ties between Slovenia and the Višegrad Group, and for President Zeman’s invitation to Slovenia to attend the 2014 summit of six presidents of the Central European countries.

President Pahor receives Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

As excellent partners in the European Union and NATO, it is very important that Slovenia and the Czech Republic develop regional cooperation in Central Europe, as Slovenia feels an affinity to Central Europe and would be able to better realise its strategic interests by cooperating more extensively with V4 countries, stressed the Slovenian President. The Prime Minister said that the Czech Republic is favourably inclined towards Slovenia’s participation in the group and conveyed the greetings of the Czech President, Miloš Zeman.
They also discussed issues related to the European Union’s enlargement to the Western Balkans, agreeing that this process must be brought to a higher political level and the Member States’ messages about enlargement to the Western Balkans and the European Partnership countries must be aligned. Mr Pahor highlighted Slovenia’s efforts at good neighbourly relations and the significance of its Brdo Process initiative to strengthen political dialogue between and with the countries of the neighbouring Western Balkan region.

They also touched on topical developments in the international community, and then focused especially on the situation in Ukraine. By way of conclusion, President Pahor said that he is a big friend of the Czech Republic and is looking forward to his official visit planned for the next year.