Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Thomas M. Countryman will travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 17-18, to lead the U.S. delegation for the third session of the U.S.-Slovenia Political-Military Consultations.
The officials will hold talks with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Global Issues and Multilateral Political Relations Andrej Benedejcic, who will be joined by other representatives from the Slovenian government to build on the success of the previous round of bilateral political-military talks, which were held in 2007 in Washington, D.C.
Since 1992, the United States and the Republic of Slovenia have developed an impressive track record of cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues. Slovenia provided invaluable assistance to the United States and NATO by facilitating the deployment of a multinational stabilization force to Bosnia-Herzegovina after the conclusion of the Dayton accords. The United States supported Slovenia’s 2004 accession to the North Atlantic Alliance and continues to work with the Slovenian military to promote greater cooperation and interoperability with NATO forces, including in its current roles as a contributor to both the KFOR mission in Kosovo and to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
With strong U.S. support, Slovenia has also developed the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance as the instrument of choice for efforts to address lingering threats from post-conflict landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Balkans region.
The U.S.-Slovenia Political-Military Consultations focuses on a wide range of political-military issues, including shared strategic challenges in the region and continuing efforts to enhance partnerships in security cooperation, peacekeeping, nonproliferation and disarmament.