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Slovenian Leaders Acknowledge International Solidarity at New Year’s Diplomatic Reception

At a recent diplomatic gathering in Slovenia, leaders reflected on global challenges and celebrated international support for the country's role in the United Nations Security Council.

At Brdo estate on 22nd January, Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar and Prime Minister Robert Golob hosted a New Year’s reception for foreign diplomats, acknowledging their support during Slovenia’s 2023 flood crisis and its successful bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2024-25.

Reflected on the past year’s global challenges, including wars, climate change, and issues like ethical AI use, misinformation, and migration. She expressed gratitude for the 153 votes received for Slovenia’s Security Council position, promising constructive cooperation.

The President also thanked the international community for supporting Slovenian judge Beti Hohler’s election to the International Criminal Court and for assistance post the August floods, emphasizing that these events strengthened international bonds. Pirc Musar aspired for 2024 to be marked by diplomacy, peace, and justice.

Golob highlighted the solidarity shown during the floods, notably by the EU and Ukraine, despite its ongoing conflict. He reaffirmed Slovenia’s commitment to climate policies and peace efforts in Ukraine, Africa, and the Middle East during its tenure on the Security Council. Golob expressed confidence in Slovenia’s contribution to lasting peace, particularly in the Middle East, and anticipated support from the international community.

Apostolic Nuncio Jean-Marie Speich, representing the diplomatic corps, commended Slovenia’s global standing and the solidarity experienced during the floods, reflecting positively on the nation’s character. He praised Slovenia’s election to the Security Council as evidence of its strong global reputation and trust.

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