Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša paid a working visit to London on Thursday at the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The main topics of discussion during the visit to the United Kingdom were the deepening of political cooperation between the two countries, the treatment of the COVID-19 epidemic, EU-UK relations, cooperation between the two countries in the light of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the Council of The EU and UK Presidency of COP26, as well as current foreign policy issues, in particular the situation in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans.
“Bilateral relations between the two countries are very good and friendly. This visit marked an intensification of political dialogue at the highest level. The United Kingdom is Slovenia’s 20th largest foreign trade partner by volume. The scope of investments is increasing in both directions. “In 2020, the amount of direct investment that Slovenia received from the United Kingdom amounted to 501 million euros, ranking the United Kingdom as the 9th largest foreign trade partner in terms of foreign investment in Slovenia.” said in the press release of the Slovenian government.
During the working visit, Prime Minister Janša first met with the newly appointed Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss. In their talks, they talked about bilateral relations between the two countries, current foreign policy issues and the epidemiological situation regarding COVID-19. They also focused on strengthening economic ties, combating cyber threats and deepening cultural ties.
Accompanied by Foreign Minister James Cleverly, Prime Minister Janša visited the National Cyber Security Center and met with its management. International cooperation on cyber security issues is crucial to protecting everyone from hybrid threats.
The Prime Minister also attended a working lunch with the EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom, João Vale de Almeida.