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State Secretary František Ružička received the Ambassadors of Brazil and the United States of America

State Secretary František Ružička received the Ambassadors of Brazil and the United States of America

27.11.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Luís Antonio Balduíno Carneiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil, and Adam Sterling, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America.

 

With Ambassador Carneiro State Secretary Ružička assessed our bilateral relations and discussed the new Government that recently took office in Brazil, the impacts of the Venezuela crisis and the subsequent risks for the Latin American region, as well as the Slovakian and Brazilian views of selected current global issues including migration.

 

They also evaluated the present state of bilateral cooperation and the opportunities for its further qualitative progress with an emphasis on developing trade and economic relations, and deepening the cooperation in culture, science and research. They also delved into the different areas of common interest. As the State Secretary stated: “Despite the geographic distance, our countries are politically and culturally close.” The two representatives expressed an interest in realizing bilateral visits at the top political level.  

 

With US Ambassador to Slovakia Sterling, State Secretary Ružička used the opportunity to assess the current state of bilateral relations with the priority placed on security and defense, and Slovakia’s upcoming OSCE Chairmanship, as well as to discuss areas of common interest. “The United States of America remains Slovakia’s key foreign policy and security ally, and I’m pleased that our cooperation is tangible and brings bilaterally advantageous outcomes – whether in defense modernization projects, exchange of information, US support for Slovakia chairing international organizations including the one in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as the reinforced engagement in realizing joint projects in development assistance,” stated the State Secretary.  

 

They agreed and underlined the importance of strategic communication, which is also the subject of the dialogue between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the US Embassy in Bratislava. “I appreciate the wide scope of cultural, social and educational activities that the US Embassy to Slovakia has realized on the occasion of the important historic anniversaries this year. This activity undoubtedly contributes to raising awareness, which is so much in need nowadays, not only of the importance of the Trans-Atlantic partnership but also of the results and values on which it is based,” said Ružička in addition.