Slovenian Defense Minister Matej Tonin attended the opening of the IDEF International Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul on Tuesday, where he also met with his counterparts from Turkey and Kosovo. According to a ministry statement, the main topics discussed were the situation in Afghanistan and the fires in Turkey.
Tonin expressed his condolences to his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar for the deaths caused by the fires in Turkey. He was also briefed by Akar on current developments in Afghanistan, in particular the situation in the wider area of Kabul airport.
Turkey is involved in securing Kabul airport, which has become the main window for the evacuation of foreign nationals and their Afghan collaborators.
Tonin welcomed Turkey’s readiness to help, which includes assistance provided to those Afghans who had assisted the Slovenian Armed Forces and who had subsequently sought the protection of Slovenia.
As Tony explained to POP TV on Tuesday night, this is a group of 14 people with whom they are in constant contact. One family is already in Kabul but not yet at the airport, while others are still heading to the Afghan capital.
Tonin and Akar also discussed bilateral co-operation between the two countries in the field of defense, which is currently modest, according to the Ministry of Defense, but both ministers would like to see it expanded.
In this context, they demanded the completion of the signing of a technical agreement on co-operation between the two countries’ defense industries, which could be signed when Akar visits Ljubljana.
On the sidelines of the IDEF fair, which was not attended by the Slovenian defense industry, Tonin also met his Kosovo counterpart Armend Mehaj. They discussed possibilities for co-operation between the Slovenian Armed Forces and the Kosovo Security Force. The Kosovar Minister also stressed the desire to bring Kosovo closer to NATO.