Political Cooperation with Belarus
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 23 June 1992. The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Moscow is also accredited to the Republic of Belarus. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Branko Rakovec presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Luhashenko on 15 May 2019.
Slovenia and Belarus have developed positive and friendly relations, cooperating in the economic, cultural, political and other fields. In recent years, a significant progress in bilateral relations has been made through meetings and consultations between the representatives of both Ministries of Foreign Affairs, first two sessions of Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation and opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belarus in Ljubljana. In August 2012 the first program of rehabilitation of Belarusian children, affected by the longstanding impacts of the nuclear accident in Chernobyl in 1986, was organized in Youth Health and Holiday Centre of the Red Cross of Slovenia Debeli rtič. The two countries also cooperate within the Forum of Slavic Cultures.
During its Council of Europe Chairmanship in 2009 Slovenia also devoted special attention to Belarus. The then Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, visited Minsk and together with the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, opened a Council of Europe Information Point.