PM Janša to Participate in NATO Summit in Slovenian PM Janez Janša will lead a Slovenian delegation to the two-day NATO summit in Chicago, which starts on Sunday. The meeting will be dedicated to Afghanistan and global security in time of economic crisis.
Accompanying Janša in the delegation to the biggest NATO summit so far, bringing together 57 representatives of 28 member states, will be Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and Defence Minister Aleš Hojs.
The event will get underway with a three-hour meeting of heads of state and government on ensuring security in the global economic crisis, which has trimmed the defence budgets of most countries.
NATO leaders are slated to adopt a package of 22 measures on smart defence and joining forces to address the issue, but the list is expected to change through time.
The evening session will feature three parallel working dinners, with NATO leaders discussing the alliance’s future role in Afghanistan, foreign ministers speaking about Euro-Atlantic integrations, global partnerships, the Middle East and northern Africa, and defence ministers of the implementation of the NATO Defence Package.
Janša started his visit to the US already on Saturday by travelling south-west of Chicago to the town of Lemont to meet the Slovenian community there.
The prime minister will meet members of the Slovenian community in Lemont, SW of Chicago, and representatives of the Slovenian American Business Association on Saturday.
The biggest NATO summit so far, bringing together 57 representatives of 28 member states, will start on Sunday with a three-hour meeting of heads of state or government on ensuring security in the global economic crisis, which has trimmed the defence budgets of most countries.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša held a number of bilateral meetings ahead of the NATO Summit in Chicago on Sunday, mostly focusing on economic issues. He held talks with the presidents of Azerbaijan and Macedonia, and the prime ministers of Australia and Montenegro.
Janša and Erjavec will return to Slovenia after the summit, while Hojs will extend his stay in the US with a visit to Denver, as Slovenian troops in Afghanistan cooperate closely with the Colorado National Guard.
Prime Minister Janez Janša came out of NATO’s summit in Chicago on Monday saying that one of the most important conclusions for Slovenia was that national security could be provided cheaper and better within NATO. He said this was another confirmation that Slovenians made the right decision in the 2003 referendum on NATO.