The meeting between the two ministers will notably allow for an exchange of views on the upcoming European deadlines and the European prospects of the Western Balkans, as well as on the main international issues, including the situation in Syria and Mali.
France and Slovenia maintain close and friendly political ties, marked by frequent exchanges between senior political leaders of both countries. These relations benefit from trust that has been built up since the time of the Illyrian Provinces, when the Napoleon Empire made Slovenia the vehicle of teaching, thereby contributing to the development of a national awareness. The two countries share a common commitment to cultural diversity and French as a world language (francophonie).
The bilateral political dialogue has intensified considerably in recent years. The dialogue between France and Slovenia has become stronger in the context of preparing their successive presidencies of the EU in 2008, a sequence that involves close consultation and cooperation.
The dialogue was enhanced in 2009 with Mr. Pahor’s visit to Paris on 6 February, followed by the first visit to Ljubljana of a French head of government since Slovenia’s independence, on 11 May, for the launch of the commemoration of the Illyrian Provinces. The Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs also made a visit to Ljubljana on 23 October 2009. Mr. Samuel Zbogar, Slovenia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, met with his French counterpart on 21 January 2010.
On 29 April 2010, the Slovenian Government agreed to the strategic partnership that the Prime Minister had come to propose, the political statement for which must be signed by both parties.
Updated on: 04.06.10
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