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State Secretary Martin Klus Receives Ambassador of Ireland Hilda Ó Riain

State Secretary Martin Klus Receives Ambassador of Ireland Hilda Ó Riain

25.6.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Martin Klus, received the Ambassador of Ireland to the Slovak Republic, Hilda Ó Riain, on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.

 

Both partners expressed their appreciation not only of mutual bilateral relations but also of the cooperation of Slovakia and Ireland at the multilateral level. State Secretary Klus congratulated Ireland’s Ambassador on Ireland having acquired the post of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2021-2022. In this regard the partners agreed on the importance of the UN peacekeeping missions, in which both countries actively engage, while the Ambassador of Ireland expressed her appreciation, for example, of the activities of the Slovak Republic in Cyprus.

 

The partners also discussed the impact on the ongoing corona crisis on our economies, also in the context of migration and the threat to the stability of the developing states. The Irish partner also highlighted the successful management of the corona virus pandemic in Slovakia. With regard to this, State Secretary Klus stated that “both our countries have open economies, and therefore it will be necessary to get ready for the future challenges in this area. An important moment in solving the crisis will also be, for instance, the discovery of an effective vaccine.”

 

The good relations between the Slovak Republic and Ireland are also attested to by common interests in the talks on future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom. According to the Ambassador of Ireland in Slovakia, the EU has demanding negotiations with the government in London ahead, but the objective is to continue to have ambitious and close relations with Great Britain.