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Kosovo FM in Slovenia for Talks with Top Officials


The talks with Erjavec will focus on bilateral cooperation, especially business links, and Kosovo's efforts to join the EU, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said ahead of the visit.

Thaci, who is also deputy prime minister, will also be received by President Borut Pahor and meet Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

Minister Erjavec is expected to urge Kosovo to push ahead with reforms and continue with good cooperation with the EU's rule of law mission (Eulex).

Erjavec and Thaci are also expected to exchange views on developments in the region and regional cooperation. Boosting regional dialogue and cooperation to build trust in the region is also one of the goals of the Slovenia-initiated Brdo Process.

Thaci was initially expected to visit Slovenia in January, but he postponed the trip due to anti-government-protests in Prishtina.

Slovenia has been supporting Kosovo both bilaterally through development cooperation and within the EU, and the countries have friendly relations, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Slovenia is the second biggest foreign investor in Kosovo and Slovenian exports represent the bulk of bilateral goods trade. Its volume was EUR 84.5m in 2014, Slovenia's exports accounting for EUR 83.5m.

Slovenia has currently 306 troops deployed in Kosovo as part of NATO's KFOR mission. In the past fifteen years, more than 5,700 Slovenian soldiers have been involved in allied forces in the country.


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