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President Pahor talks by telephone to Turkish president Erdoğan

Ljubljana, 5. 4. 2022 | press release

Today, 5 April 2022, Slovenian president Borut Pahor had a telephone conversation with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The two men reconfirmed the good and friendly relations between their countries, with Mr Erdoğan thanking his Slovenian counterpart for attending the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey last month.

The presidents devoted a large part of their conversation to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. At the official bilateral meeting in Antalya, they had agreed to keep each other up to date on the progress of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia being hosted by Turkey. President Erdoğan gave a brief assessment of the prospects for a peaceful solution to the conflict, while President Pahor thanked his Turkish counterpart for the latter’s sincere efforts to bring a swift end to the war and settle the dispute by diplomatic means. In his opinion, this was all the more important in light of the fact that the number of war crimes had escalated, as witnessed a few days previously in Bucha. President Erdoğan said that it would be useful to organise an EU-Turkey summit in the coming months in light of Turkey’s efforts to mediate between Ukraine and Russia;

he also said that he was pleased that Mr Pahor had held talks with the Turkish foreign minister and speaker of the Turkish parliament in the last month, and thanked the Slovenian government for its decision to put Turkey on the list of safe countries.

President Pahor concluded the conversation by saying that he was looking forward to making an official state visit to Turkey at the end of the summer, where he would also have the honour of addressing the diplomatic corps.