Washington, 22 December 2021 (TDI): Anze Logar, Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the USA, on 20 December in Washington. The meeting’s purpose was to continue the bilateral strategic dialogue between both countries.

Minister Logar and Secretary of State Blinken showed their satisfaction with the relationship between the two countries. They can be seen in the increased political and working contact between Ljubljana and Washington. It established the mechanism of a strategic dialogue between Slovenian and America last December, which continued this year in June.

The meeting concluded that the US and Slovenia would further pursue their strategic dialogue in Washington and Ljubljana in 2022.

Minister Logar outlined the attainments of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Slovenia paid particular consideration during this presidency to US relations and the EU.

Both countries have also taken part in many multilateral forums. Minister Anze Logar notified his American counterpart that Slovenia had submitted a nomination to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council between 2024-25.

They also spoke about cyber and energy security in the context of US and Slovenian efforts for sustaining resilience, digital transformation, green transition, and other related areas.

Moreover, both exchanged opinions on current international issues and highlighted the Western Balkans. In this regard, Minister Logar described the efforts of Slovenia to become the EU Council chair in order to continue EU enlargement into Western Balkans. Logar emphasized the need to continue negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.

Anze Logar, along with his American counterpart, Antony Blinken, also discussed the Russian-Ukrainian border and Belarus situation, as well as the relations with China.