Middle East in focus of PM's meetings in Munich

Munich, 17 February - Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob has discussed the situation in the Middle East as he met Filippo Grandi, the high commissioner for refugees, and Abdullah II of Jordan on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Munich, Germany
Prime Minister Robert Golob speaks to the press at the outset of the Munich Security Conference.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

In their meeting on Saturday morning Golob and Abdullah II underlined the need to reach immediate ceasefire and deliver adequate humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Touching on the situation in Rafah, they agreed that everything must be done to prevent the unfolding humanitarian disaster, the prime minister's office said in a press release. They share the view that a two-state solution is the only solution that can bring lasting peace.

The king invited the prime minister to visit Jordan, which the latter accepted, the press release added.

Golob also discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mirjana Spoljarić Egger. They underlined that everything must be done to prevent an attack on Rafah and to reach a ceasefire, the government has posted on X.

Grandi and Golob met Friday evening, underlining excellent cooperation between Slovenia and the UNHCR.

Yesterday, Golob held separate meetings with US Vice President Kamala Harris and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Talking to the Slovenian press later, he said their talks had focused on ending the war in Gaza, adding that they shared the view that the international community must do everything in its power to prevent a catastrophe in Rafah.

Golob also expressed the wish that as many EU members as possible joined Slovenia's position as a way of showing unity.

He reaffirmed Slovenia's support for humanitarian organisations under the UN, above all the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The agency represents the "only way for the people in Gaza to have access to water, food and healthcare".

The prime minister was quoted by a press release from his office as saying that Guterres had thanked him for Slovenia's support for the UNRWA.

Today, Golob is scheduled to meet Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the chair of Open Society Foundations Alexander Soros.

The prime minister will also take part in a panel debate about UN Security Council reform and in a debate about reforms needed to overhaul an outdated institutional global management.

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