Slovenia: Defense ministers to discuss situation in Afghanistan and strategic compass

The Slovenian Ministry of Defense presented at the press conference an informal meeting of European Union defense ministers, which will be held on 1 and 2 September in Brdo pri Kranju as part of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

All European Union Member States and other High Representatives of the European Union, NATO and the United Nations will attend the meeting, chaired by High Representative Josep Borrell. According to the latest information, up to 25 of the 27 EU defense ministers have confirmed their participation, which shows how important it is to discuss directly the topicality and seriousness of the security situation around the world.

On September 2, the ministers will discuss a number of security challenges, including the situation in Afghanistan, Mali / Sahel and Mozambique. In light of the current situation in Afghanistan, the ministers will specifically address the security and crisis defense implications that may affect the security situation in Europe. One of Slovenia’s top priorities during its presidency of the EU Council in the field of defense and security is also the Western Balkans, which will be discussed by ministers on Thursday.

“The main topic of discussion at the informal meeting of EU ministers will be the Strategic Compass, which will set the political guidelines for the development of European defense and security in the next decade in four main pillars: crisis management, capacity development , partnerships and resilience With As a country holding the EU Council presidency, Slovenia will also make an important co-contribution to the end result through a discussion between EU defense ministers and the drafting of a document during our presidency. . This Compass debate will be the last of the four so-called strategic compass baskets, where ministers will talk about strengthening resilience, tackling hybrid threats, external intervention and securing access to global strategic areas such as cyberspace, the sea and space, “the Slovenian government said in a press release issued after the press conference.

The meeting will conclude with a discussion on common geostrategic challenges and opportunities for co-operation with EU partners – NATO and the United Nations. NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoanį¾¶ and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix are invited to the discussion.

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