The Slovenia Times

Slovenia, Bavaria confirm excellent ties


"Friendship needs to be nurtured even when we do not have either great problems or great celebrations. It is always necessary to take care of friendship," Pahor told the press after the talks with Seehofer.

He said Seehofer's visit came at a time when everything was OK, but was still valuable in that it highlighted the commitment by both governments the relations stay this way.

Pahor said Slovenia and Bavaria had a "firm strategic partnership," noting that Germany was Slovenia's most important economic and political partner.

Seehofer likewise said that things were "going splendidly", noting that a Slovenian-Bavarian standing commission had operated for over 40 years.

The talks focused on economic ties, but other issues, including border arbitration with Croatia, were also broached.

Seehofer said his view in principle was that issues needed to be resolved bilaterally, but when this is not possible there are courts and tribunals to take care of that.

The meeting with Foreign Minister Erjavec involved an exchange of views on current international affairs, the Foreign Ministry said.

The pair agreed that talks on issues such as Brexit and the EU's financial framework beyond 2020 would be instrumental for the future of the bloc. They also stressed the importance of regional cooperation, in particular in the Alps and Danube region.

Touching on migrations, Erjavec stressed Slovenia's position that extension of border checks on internal EU borders was not the right way to tackle migrations, what is needed is stronger oversight of external borders and attention to countries of origin.

On Western Balkans, Seehofer and Erjavec found shared interest in stability in the region and said the EU enlargement process was an important factor of stability, the Foreign Ministry said.


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