On November 18, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political–Military Affairs Gregory Kausner and Director General for Global Issues and Multilateral Political Relations at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dragoljuba Benčina, will chair the Seventh U.S. –Slovenia Political–Military Consultations.
The Dialogue will build on the success of last year’s meeting, held on December 11, 2012, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 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 and 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. Slovenia has also made critical contributions to international peacekeeping efforts, including in Lebanon.
Since 1998, the United States has also supported Slovenia’s development of ITF Enhancing Human Security, an organization specializing in conventional weapons destruction programs. Since 1998, ITF has enabled public and private donors to address lingering threats from landmines, unexploded munitions, and other post-conflict challenges such as landmine survivors’ assistance and reducing excess, deteriorating, and potentially at-risk munitions stockpiles.
The U.S.–Slovenia Political–Military Consultations focus 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.