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Weekly Review of Slovene Foreign Policy from 29 August to 4 September

Ljubljana, 5 September - REVIEW/WEEK/FOREIGN/POLICY
Last week was characterized by lively activities both at home and abroad. Foreign Minister Boris Frlec visited Japan as Slovenia's first foreign minister to visit the country after diplomatic relations were established. Slovenia successfully ended its month-long presidency in the UN Security Council. Parliamentary working bodies endorsed negotiating positions for six out of seven fields, which Slovenia will submit until 15 September along with the other first round EU membership applicants. It also delivered to the European Commission its report about the implementation of national programmes for the adoption of acquis. Slovenia hosted Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Avdeyev and a delegation of the Belgian autonomous region of Flanders headed by Flemmish Premier Luc van den Brande. The Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held a session in Ljubljana ahead of the September PA CoE meeting in Strasbourg. The new US ambassador to Slovenia, Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel, took office in Ljubljana.

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