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Slovenia joins initiative to boost Operation Sophia


The EU launched the operation last year after hundreds of migrants died in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean in boats. Slovenia's multi-purpose patrol boat Triglav also took part in the operation.

Minister Erjavec said that Slovenia should express its solidarity by taking part in the operation.

When it comes to the migration crisis, Slovenia supports unity and a joint approach, so it should bear a part of the burden, he said.

The ministers also discussed cooperation and enhancing dialogue with African countries, focusing on security issues, the fight against terrorism and development aid.

Erjavec believes that the EU is expected to provide development aid in order to overcome poverty. If the EU continues to provide more economic aid to these countries, we can expect less migration pressure on the EU, he said.

The ministers also touched on the uncertain political conditions in Macedonia. Erjavec said that the first task was to stabilise the political situation in the country by introducing reforms and implementing the Pržin agreement, which helped establish dialogue between various political parties.

According to Erjavec, the discussion on Macedonia is significant, as it plays a large role in bringing stability to the region and in curbing the migratory influx in the West Balkans.

The ministerial also discussed the initiative proposed by France to relaunch the peace process in the Middle East, which has come to a grinding halt.

Erjavec said that Slovenia supported France in these efforts, which also strive for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territories and for building the Palestinian state.


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