Sporočilo veleposlanice Kristine Radej ob dnevu državnosti in 30. obletnici slovenske neodvisnosti
Excellences, Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On 25th June we, the Slovenian people, celebrate our national holiday ''The Statehood Day'', which commemorates 25 June 1991, when Slovenia officially gained its independence.
This year, the most important date in Slovenian contemporary history marks the 30th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Slovenia.
It would be my great honour to celebrate the Slovenia's 30th Statehood Day here in Tehran together with you, all respected colleagues and friends. I deeply regret that limitations due to the epidemiological situation do not allow us to mark the 30 years of independent and sovereign Republic of Slovenia in an official setting.
In order to mitigate the health risk larger gatherings may hold, I have made a decision not to host the reception and other events on this special occasion. It was a difficult decision to make and I believe that you will join our virtual celebration.
Celebrating the 30 years of Slovenia's independence coincides with our second Presidency of the Council of the European Union, to be held from July to December 2021. I am pleased to announce that Slovenia's main priorities during the Presidency will be the Union’s resilience to crises, the debate on the EU strategic autonomy, and the recovery of the European economy based on the digital and green transition. Attention will also be paid to the rule of law and the European way of life as well as to the credibility and security of the EU, promoting stability in its neighbourhood and its interests and values in the world.
In our role of the local EU Presidency in Iran we will act based on European values, achievements and efforts, recognising that in these turbulent times wisdom, cooperation and dialogue on local, regional and international issues as well as patience and confidence in diplomacy are needed more than ever. Allow me to emphasize once again that Slovenia fully supports the JCPOA and sincerely believe that the international community will safeguard the JCPOA commitments in all its aspects as well as contribute to easing tensions in the region.
On behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, on my own behalf and on behalf of my colleagues at the Embassy, I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones all the best. Stay safe and healthy! I thank you for your support, goodwill and friendship.