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The Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Slovenia April 19, 2001

H.E. Mr. İsmail Cem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, visited Slovenia on 19 April 2001 upon the invitation of his Slovene counterpart, H.E. Mr. Dimitrij Rupel. This was a first visit at the foreign ministerial level between the two countries.

The two ministers held extensive talks on a variety of issues, both bilateral and international. They agreed that there were no outstanding problems between Turkey and Slovenia and that they share similar views regarding the situation in the Balkans. During the discussions Turkey's and Slovenia's European orientation was re-confirmed.

The existence of a vast unused potential for enhancing Turkish-Slovene relations and cooperation was another joint view that came out in the two minister's deliberations. It was noted that there exist mutual will and determination to be more efficient especially in commercial and economic cooperation. It was also noted that the current bilateral trade volume is far below the real potential of the two countries.

During the visit, the agreements on the "avoidance of double taxation" and "cooperation in science and technology" were signed.