State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 12th Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia recently at the invitation of Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.
The visit was preceded by a bilateral segment on 30th August to 2nd September 2017 in the Capital Ljubljana.
This year the Forum focused on global nuclear governance, water for peace and security and the effect of rapid economic transformation on societies.
State Minister joined the panel discussion on “Realistic hope - How transformation happens faster than one thinks” and joined the discussions at the interactive session. He met with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabi? during the Forum.
During the bilateral segment of the visit, State Minister Senanayake had discussions with the Slovenian counterpart State Secretary Andrej Logar and reviewed the ongoing areas of bilateral cooperation. To review progress of the Sri Lanka-Slovenia bilateral engagement, the State Minister proposed convening the second session of bilateral political consultations in Colombo later in 2017 or early 2018. The identified areas of cooperation include tourism, IT, education, renewable energy, and science and technology.
In response, the Slovenian State Secretary Logar welcomed the positive developments in Sri Lanka and reaffirmed his Government’s full support for the country’s reforms programme, including its active engagement with the international community.
The State Minister also met with Mayor of Piran, Peter Bossmann, Mrs. Eva Stravs Podlogar, State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development (Tourism) and Technology, Klemen Postisek, State Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Slovenia and Dr. Ernest Petric, Advisor to the President on International Affairs and International Law.