“Bilateral relations between Italy and Slovenia are excellent at every level: our country is one of Slovenia’s main trading partners; our political dialogue is solid and reinforced by a number of intergovernmental cooperation tools; and our cultural links are deepened through our indigenous minorities” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, to his Slovenian counterpart, Karl Erjavec at the bilateral meeting held in Brdo. Their meeting formed part of the sixth session of the Coordination Committee of Ministers of the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Italy.
“Slovenia is our privileged partner at both bilateral level and in the broader European and international level. We take similar positions on important dossiers. We intend to continue encouraging this spirit of deep friendship and common interests in reinforcing our cooperation with Ljubljana” continued Alfano.
During the meeting, they spoke of further strengthening economic ties, Milan’s bid for the European Medicines Agency, and bilateral cooperation in Europe, with a view towards relaunching the integration project.
The two Foreign Ministers ended the meeting discussing the Slovenian minority in Italy and the Italian minority in Slovenia. Alfano believes that they “are an important resource in bilateral relations between our countries to foster not only cultural dialogue, but also to encourage economic growth in the area”.