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ForMin Melescanu on official visit to Bratislava, highlights good Romania – Slovakia cooperation

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu was on an official visit to Slovakia on Thursday and Friday, highlighting on the occasion the good cooperation between the two countries in a difficult and challenging period for the EU.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, Romania and Slovakia share a multitude of interests and stances: an economically strong Europe, the modernization of the single market, a sustainable policy on migration and asylum, the continuation of the EU enlargement process, and strengthening relations with the states in the eastern neighborhood.

The sides agreed that the European Union must remain a common framework for action, a project intended for peace, security and prosperity, both on internal and external level, the release reads.

“The events in progress in the eastern neighborhood of the EU were an important element of the talks with Slovakian officials, with focus on the situation in Ukraine and relations with the Russian Federation. The sides emphasized the impact of these events on the security and stability of the central and eastern European region,” the release mentioned.

Melescanu thanked Slovakia for its supporting the European track of the Republic of Moldova and underscored the importance of supporting the authorities in Chisinau with the implementation of the commitments arising from the association to the EU.

“Special attention was given to the North Atlantic Alliance, with the two sides voicing appreciation for bilateral cooperation within NATO. The need to implement the conclusions of the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw was reiterated, as well as the necessity to strengthen the allied unity, consistency and solidarity in the current international context,” the release adds.

During his visit to Slovakia Teodor Melescanu had consultations with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák, was received by Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska, met with Chairman of the Slovakia-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Group Jana Lassáková. The Romanian chief diplomat also met with Romania’s honorary consuls to Slovakia Ladislav Rehak and Marian Gurega.

“The excellent stage of bilateral relations with Slovakia, characterized by consistency and dynamism, was mentioned in talks with the country’s officials. The sides expressed their willingness and commitment to strengthening the political, diplomatic, parliamentary and high-level dialogue, and the interest in maximizing the potential of economic cooperation. The Romanian chief diplomat evoked the cultural and historical ties between the two countries and the contribution of the Slovak minority in Romania to adding substance to bilateral relations. He also expressed the satisfaction of the Romanian side at the exemplary way they honor and commemorate the Romanian soldiers fallen on the Slovak front in the WW II,” the release reads.

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