Slovenia will in no case participate in military operations against the IS, while it remained committed to fighting terrorism in different ways, said Erhavec in an exclusive interview with Slovenian Press Agency. Previously, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "As a responsible part of the international community, and an EU and NATO member, Slovenia is part of efforts to fight terrorism."
"But any decisions will be in compliance with international law and Slovenian legislation," the official statement noted.
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar, who was sworn in last week, told Radio Slovenia on Wednesday that Slovenia supports anti-terrorism, but it will not take part in military action against the IS. Local POP TV reported on the day that police have seized unlicensed weapons in two house searches targeting an individual suspected of having fought for the IS in Syria.
The self-claimed IS has reportedly seized control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, where Islamic extremists have executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages. The brutal campaign has also forced more than a million people to flee their homes. Considering the IS as a global threat, the United States and its allies have started air strikes on IS militants in Iraq and Syria, and are seeking to build an international coalition against the group.
More than 50 countries have reportedly agreed to join the U.S.-sponsored anti-IS coalition.