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'Friends of Western Balkans' conference to start today

(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APR 19 - A two-day international conference on EU enlargement to the Western Balkans will begin in Ljubljana on Friday, according to the Slovenian news agency STA. The Friends of Western Balkans, a non-profit founded by former President Borut Pahor, will host the event with former heads of state who will be welcomed by President Nataša Pirc Musar. The conference will examine the political and security situation in the Western Balkans in light of broader geopolitical changes, the EU's enlargement strategy, the formation of a Western Balkan economic community, and the region's inclusion in the European Green Deal. A total of 28 participants from 19 countries will attend, including high-level diplomats, former presidents, and prime ministers, according to STA. (ANSA).