PRESIDENT Ivan Gašparovič received four new ambassadors to Slovakia from Qatar, New Zealand, Mongolia and Malaysia on January 20, the TASR newswire reported.

Qatari Ambassador to Slovakia Abdulla Hussain Aljaber is based in Budapest. President Gašparovič believes that Slovakia and Qatar should have their residential ambassadors in their countries, instead.

“That (we don’t) shouldn’t hinder our good cooperation, however,” he stressed, as quoted by TASR.

Gašparovič praised the growing cooperation between Slovak and Qatari trade chambers that recently signed the Memorandum on Understanding. The President emphasised the need to address the visa regime, with the ambassador expressing his interest in its bilateral liberalisation.

New Zealand Ambassador to Slovakia Deborah Geels, based in Vienna, intends to focus on the development of economic relations and trade between the two countries during her tenure.

Gašparovič showed appreciation for the agreement that allows young people aged 18-35 to study and work in the other country for the duration of one year.

“I’m glad that Slovaks have made 100-percent use of the one-year limit,” he said, as quoted by TASR.

Gašparovič considers Slovakia’s relations with Mongolia to be friendly, although there is room for improvement in the ecomonic sphere and top-level contacts. Mongolian Ambassador to Slovakia Dorjdamba Zumberellkham claimed that his country is interested in resuming its traditional cooperation with Slovakia and pointed out that it would be convenient to make use of the potential of Mongolian citizens who studied in erstwhile Czechoslovakia in the past and are still fluent in Slovak or Czech.

Gašparovič also received credentials from Malaysian Ambassador to Slovakia Selwyn Vijayarajan Das, based in Vienna.

“Relations between our countries are problem-free, yet the scope for cooperation remains even much greater,” said Gašparovič, adding that trade turnover of €250 million can in no way be considered adequate, TASR reported.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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