Štátny tajomník MZVEZ SR František Ružička prijal izraelského veľvyslanca Zvi Aviner Vapniho pri príležitosti ukončenia jeho diplomatickej misie na Slovensku

State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs František Ružička Receives the Ambassador of Israel Zvi Aviner Vapni on the occasion of the conclusion of his Diplomatic Mission in Slovakia

8.7.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Today (8 July), František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, received Zvi Aviner Vapni, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the State of Israel, on the occasion of the upcoming conclusion of his diplomatic mission in Slovakia. The meeting affirmed the high level and unprecedented development of Slovak-Israeli relations in the recent period.

“We are happy for the dynamization of bilateral interaction and especially real co-operation between Slovakia and Israel during your mission in the Slovak Republic, in a broad spectrum of areas and themes, including political and economic relations, innovations, and also new technologies and research and development. Slovakia considers Israel a leader on a global scale, in terms of creating conditions for hi-tech companies, including start-ups,” State Secretary Ružička said.

The content of the meeting comprised current bilateral political issues as well as cooperation between Slovakia and Israel in the framework of international organisations and multilateral forums. The area of tourism has been through a very positive development, as the number of tourists in both countries has increased significantly. In addition to that, State Secretary Ružička acknowledged the personal and direct input of Ambassador Vapni in the area of education, culture and preservation of historical memory. In this regard, he stressed that the “annual Righteous among the Nations award is having an important significance as we remind ourselves of the dark sides of our history and award those who even during those tragic times were torches of courage and humanity.”

During the farewell meeting Ambassador Vapni emphasized that his diplomatic mission in Slovakia was very inspiring. In Israel, Slovakia is politically perceived as a trustworthy partner. Regarding 21st-century technologies, the ambassador concluded that “Slovakia has the potential to become a technological hub of Central Europe, and in this sense, it’s been attracting the Israeli business community.”