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Egypt's first ambassador to Slovakia arrives

SLOVAK Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš said he appreciated the decision of the Egyptian government to appoint its first ambassador to Slovakia with a seat in Bratislava.

On September 10, the Ambassador Designate of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Hasan Hanafy M. El-Laithy, presented his credentials to Kubiš, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda told The Slovak Spectator. The embassy will be based in Bratislava.

Both sides said they want to strengthen bilateral relations and organise a visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Abu Gheit to Slovakia. They also discussed the current situation in the Middle East.

Egypt recognised the independent Slovak Republic and established diplomatic contacts with it on January 1, 1993, the day Slovak independence was established. Since then, Slovakia has had a representative office in Cairo.

Slovak affairs were handled by the Egyptian ambassador to the Czech Republic until the end of 1994, then by the Egyptian ambassador to Austria, based in Vienna, since 1995.

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