“It is a great honour for us to host the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Slovenia. This important visit reflects a long-standing friendship and strong alliance between the two countries. We will continue to work together on all important common matters, to ensure progress and partnership,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his arrival to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport at around 10.30 a.m., where he was met by the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anže Logar, Ph.D., and the US Ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard.
“Slovenia and the USA share the common values of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. Cultural and human links are woven between us, which is also due to the strong Slovenian community in the USA, which represents a bridge between the two counties,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also wrote.
The two ministers expressed their belief that the visit would make an important contribution to finding new opportunities for cooperation in the political field, as well as in cyber security, the economy, science, and technology. They also spoke about the more general international situation. Minister Logar emphasized that the transatlantic community must remain united and connect even more than ever before, as this is the only way it will be able to effectively face the many present and future challenges. Together, the two countries must continue to consistently defend the values and principles of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, the Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote in a press release.
Logar and Pompeo also stressed the importance of the NATO alliance, “which Slovenia and the United States see as the strongest foundation of the European-American relations.” They also mentioned the enhanced cooperation of the two countries in regional connections, for instance, in the Three Seas Initiative, the Foreign Ministry wrote.
Pompeo also met with the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša at Bled. After that, the President of the Republic Borut Pahor hosted Pompeo for lunch.