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PM Cerar meets Chinese PM Li Keqiang in Budapest

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar has concluded his visit to Budapest, where he attended the summit of Central and East European countries and China in the context of the 16+1 initiative, with a separate bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang. The meeting between the two leaders focused on deepening economic cooperation, the opportunities offered by the 16+1 initiative, and Slovenia's role in the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, which it formally joined yesterday.


The two premiers confirmed the traditionally very good relations between the two countries, which this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Today's meeting with the Chinese premier is in fact the Slovenian Prime Minister's third meeting with senior representatives of the People's Republic this year, following meetings in Slovenia with China's First Deputy Prime Minister and with the special envoy of the Chinese President.


Bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries is growing, thanks in part to increasingly intensive relations between the two governments and their cooperation within the 16+1 initiative. The Slovenian PM placed particular emphasis during the meeting on a number of highly promising areas, such as cooperation in the civil aviation sector, the introduction of direct flights between Slovenia and China and investment in airport capacities, the automotive and high-tech industries, and science. Agriculture and tourism are two other promising sectors. The number of Chinese tourists visiting Slovenia and Europe has grown significantly in recent times, and further growth is anticipated.


The Chinese PM reiterated China's strong support for Slovenia's initiative for the proclamation of World Bee Day, after which the Slovenian PM took the opportunity to present his Chinese counterpart with some honey produced in the Slovenian Government's own urban beehive in Ljubljana.