Slovakian Foreign Minister visits Malta

Friday, 18 Oct 2013, 17:38


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Dr George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs, welcomed H.E. Peter JavorĨík, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on his official visit to Malta.

Whilst highlighting the excellent relations enjoyed between the two countries, Minister Vella underscored on the importance of the further consolidation of bilateral ties in view of developments in the near future which will see the two countries cooperating closely within the EU framework.

Indeed, Malta and Slovakia will be sharing the EU Trio Presidency in 2016-2017 with a main aim of this visit being to programme in advance, issues which have to be dealt with by the two countries, together with the Netherlands, involved in the Trio Presidency. 

A further upcoming highlight in bilateral ties will be the return State Visit to Slovakia by President Dr. George Abela, which is scheduled to take place on 23 and 24 January 2014, pursuant to the State Visit to Malta by H.E. President Ivan Gasparovic in September 2011.

In this respect Minister George Vella announced that the Presidential delegation will include businessmen and potential investors who are interested in doing business with Slovakia. 

Both Ministers expressed their satisfaction at the existing bilateral cooperation in many sectors of bilateral ties including matters pertaining to adoptions where the two sides positively noted that the review of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Inter-Country Adoptions in September 2009 is in the final stages.

Currently the two countries are also working on a Memorandum of Understanding of cooperation between the respective Ministries for Foreign Affairs which is intended to structure relations in view of the Trio Presidency.

During his stay in Malta, State Secretary JavorĨík will also hold discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs and the Implementation of the Electoral Programme, Louis Grech and with the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds, Ian Borg.

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