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The President of the Republic met with the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic

President Arnold Rüütel met with the Ambassador of the Slovak RepublicPresident Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg received the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Špilda, who presented his Letter of Credence to the President.

In the words of the President of the Republic, the Estonian-Slovak relations are characterised by regular and content-rich political dialogue that is based on ideological closeness. "Being partners in the European Union and NATO, we now have a reason to think how we could together facilitate the shaping of a better and more secure future for Europe," President Rüütel emphasised.

"We consider Slovakia as a perspective and competitive market in Central Europe for our entrepreneurs. Estonian business circles recognise the economic success of Slovakia and wish to deepen our relations and exchange of experience," the Head of State added.

Ambassador Špilda said that the Riga based Embassy and he himself as the Ambassador would do their best to create favourable conditions for development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. The Slovak Ambassador highlighted the possibilities of cooperation between the Estonian and Slovak parliaments and governments, but also between entrepreneurs, non-governmental organisations, educational and cultural institutions. "Such cooperation between our two countries, although neither of us is big by territory or population, helps the people of Estonia and Slovakia to enjoy the wellbeing and security within the framework of the EU and NATO," the Ambassador said.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, April 26, 2005

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