The Slovenia Times

Slovenian, Maltese Presidents Concerned about Libya


Commenting on the situation in Libya, where the presence of Islamic State is rising, Coleiro Preca pointed out that growing numbers of IS fighters were worrying not just for Malta but for all Mediterranean countries, Europe and the world.

Pahor said Libya's problem was the lack of true leadership. "This creates perfect conditions for terrorist groups, which take advantage of this," he said.

Another burning issue connected to the situation in North Africa are the migrations of people across the Mediterranean, with Malta often being the entrance point for Europe.

Migration is not an issue that could be resolved on the national or regional levels, it should be resolved internationally, the Maltese president pointed out.

She noted that Slovenia had helped Malta cope with the large numbers of refugees by accepting some of them in 2010.

The pair also discussed Ukraine.

"The world today is not as safe as it used to be, but this should not discourage those of us who are striving for peace from looking for peaceful solutions to all disputes," Pahor said.

Coleiro Preca said she was disappointed that some leaders still believe in divisions and war.

As for bilateral ties, Pahor and Coleiro Preco highlighted that Malta and Slovenia joined the EU the same year and were both Mediterranean countries.

In this context the pair discussed ways to boost economic cooperation, which Pahor said was "very modest", especially given the fact that both economies are expanding.

He mentioned the possibility of cooperation in the development of the Port of Koper, noting that Malta had a lot of experience in logistics.

Coleiro Preca meanwhile believes Slovenia and Malta could also exchange know-how in education. She praised the role of sports in Slovenian education system.

Coleiro Preca is scheduled to meet parliamentary Speaker Milan Brglez and Prime Minister Miro Cerar later today before she concludes her visit on Thursday.


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