Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Independence


London, 17 June 2011 - The Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, was a Guest of Honour at the reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Slovenia, which was co-hosted by HE Mr Iztok Jarc, Ambassador of Slovenia to the Court of St. James', and Mr Neil Parish MP, chair of the British-Slovenia All-Party Parliamentary Group.

The Rt Hon William Hague congratulated Slovenia on its important anniversary, welcomed Slovenia’s its exceptional progress in the last twenty years and expressed interest in the continuation of the already excellent relations and co-operation between our two countries, with special reference to the Western Balkans states.

H.E. Mr Iztok Jarc spoke about most important achievements of Slovenia, about close ties between Slovenia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and about excellent co-operation between the two countries in a wider international context.

Slovenian and British anthems were sung by the Slovenian soprano Irena Preda.

The reception, which was held at the terrace of the House of Commons, was attended by a number of politicians, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of economic, scientific, cultural and Slovenian communities.

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of independence continued in the evening, with a concert of Slovenian singer Zoran Predin.