Slove­nia keen on co­op­er­a­tion with GCC states, Kuwait: Er­javec

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Repub­lic of Slove­nia is keen on de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with the GCC coun­tries, es­pe­cially Kuwait, said Karl Er­javec, Slove­nian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs yes­ter­day. Speak­ing on the side­lines of the two-day Slove­nian-GCC con­fer­ence, Er­javec said that this will not be the last meet­ing of this kind to be held in Slove­nia, stress­ing that his coun­try was look­ing for­ward for fu­ture events aimed at boost­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides.

The cur­rent meet­ing will look into all suit­able mea­sures to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the GCC and Slove­nia, said the min­is­ter. Slove­nia, as part of the EU, is will­ing to boost ties with the Gulf States, said Er­javec who al­luded to the 25th meet­ing of the EU and GCC For­eign Min­is­ters back in July.

The For­eign Min­is­ter said that the EU, as one of the strong­est part­ners to the GCC bloc, had signed sev­eral agree­ments to strengthen com­mer­cial and eco­nomic ties, re­veal­ing that the two sides signed an agree­ment back in April 2016 to boost eco­nomic re­la­tions. On re­la­tions with Kuwait, Slove­nian Min­is­ter said that hold­ing di­a­logue with the Gulf state was within his coun­try’s top pri­or­i­ties.

Pre­vi­ous agree­ments signed be­tween Slove­nia and Kuwait had pro­vided solid grounds for the two na­tions to pur­sue more co­op­er­a­tion in the near fu­ture, said the min­is­ter who com­mended the Kuwaiti par­tic­i­pa­tion in the cur­rent Slove­nian-GCC con­fer­ence.

Kuwait and Slove­nia cur­rently fo­cused their co­op­er­a­tion within the com­mer­cial level, said Min­is­ter Er­javec who hoped that the two coun­tries will in­crease their com­mer­cial ex­change from the 2015 sum of 14.2 mil­lion euro. The Min­is­ter took the chance to in­vite Kuwaitis and GCC business per­son­nel to in­vest in his coun­try, re­veal­ing that the health tourism sec­tor was one of the ma­jor business at­trac­tions in Slove­nia.

Mean­while, Er­javec touched on the is­sue of Kuwait’s bid for a non-per­ma­nent seat as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Asia and the Pa­cific in the UNSC for 2018-19, say­ing that the strong bi­lat­eral re­la­tions will re­flect pos­i­tively on Slove­nia’s stance on the is­sue. —KUNA

Karl Er­javec, Slove­nian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs

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