Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu speaks with his Slovenian counterpart at a joint press conference

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Çavuşoğlu and Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar held a joint press conference after the tête-à-tête and between the delegations.

Çavuşoğlu thanked his counterpart Logar for his invitation and hospitality and said it was a great pleasure for him to be in Lebanon.

Congratulating the 30th anniversary of the independence of Slovenia, Çavuşoğlu recalled that Turkey is one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Slovenia.

Çavuşoğlu stressed that the individual and inter-delegation meetings were very effective.

Stating that they have had the opportunity to assess in detail the areas that have the potential to improve bilateral relations, Çavuşoğlu said, “We have come to a mutual understanding to deepen relations. used the expression.

I would like to thank Slovenia for the confidence it has shown in Turkish companies “

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Çavuşoğlu said: “Our visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Strategic Partnership Document. In this context, we discussed how to deepen economic relations and increase the volume of bilateral trade.” mentionned.

Çavuşoğlu said: “The bilateral trade volume has exceeded $ 2 billion at the moment, but there is an imbalance against Turkey and we need the balance. We need to work together. We have discussed this issue, the question of the evaluation of the delegations and the co-chairs of the delegation at the next meeting of the Joint Economic Commission.We evaluated that the issues of diversification of goods, more investments in Slovenia, the realization of more Slovenian investments in Turkey can be addressed. ”he spoke.

“I would like to thank Slovenia for the confidence it has shown in Turkish companies.” Çavuşoğlu said Turkish companies have won very important tenders in recent days.

Çavuşoğlu wished Slovenia good luck for its next EU Presidency.

Emphasizing that he and his counterpart Logar assessed the priorities of the activities of the Slovenian Presidency, Çavuşoğlu said: “As Turkey, I would like to underline this. Although we are not members, we are a negotiating country. In this context. , I would like to express that we will support these priorities. ”used the expressions.

“OUR CLOSE COOPERATION WITH SLOVENIA CONTRIBUTES TO WELL-BEING AND PEACE IN THE WESTERN BALKANS”

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Çavuşoğlu said they were holding talks not only on the Western Balkans, but also on the situation in Syria, Libya and new developments in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Çavuşoğlu underlined that they regard the Western Balkans as special, “because Turkey and Slovenia have common concerns and interests in the Balkans”. He spoke.

“Our close cooperation with Slovenia contributes to prosperity and peace in the Western Balkans,” Çavuşoğlu said. mentionned.

Stating that the importance of inclusive policies in the region was underlined during this meeting, Çavuşoğlu stressed that any discourse of ethnic or religious division is neither supported nor opposed to it.

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“INCREASE IN ISLAMOPHOBIC AND ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS”

Asked about the issues raised during the visit of European Union (EU) Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Turkey on April 6, Çavuşoğlu said: “Unfortunately, the crisis of the protocol brought about by the EU has overshadowed our successful negotiations, the mood is positive. found the evaluation.

Çavuşoğlu stressed that concrete steps should be taken in areas such as updating the customs union, high-level dialogue, visa liberalization, combating terrorism and illegal immigration.

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Noting that Turkey has made major reforms on human rights and that the process is still ongoing, Çavuşoğlu noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently shared the human rights action plan with the public, while continuing work on judicial reform.

Stressing that Turkey also has expectations from the EU in this area, Çavuşoğlu continued his remarks as follows:

“The issue of human rights has become a priority issue both in the EU institutions and in the Member States, as problems have started to arise in this area. We are seeing an increase in Islamophobic and anti-Semitic attacks in many Western countries. the rights of asylum seekers and minorities are violated. We have to fight. “

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Regarding Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, Çavuşoğlu said it was not an issue related to the protection of women’s rights, the deal has sparked controversy in many countries and 6 EU member states have not ratified the agreement.

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