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President presents credentials to new ambassadors

PRESIDENT Ivan Gašparovič handed over credentials to eight new Slovak ambassadors in Bratislava on October 15, the SITA newswire reported.

In a speech during the ceremony, Gašparovič reminded them that ambassadors should not only search for ways to bring countries together, but they should also present Slovakia as a sovereign, democratic and free country, whose citizens are equal in their rights and duties.

The new designated ambassadors are: Jozef Dravecký, who will serve at the embassy in the Vatican; Vladimír Jakabčin, Turkey; Peter Kmec, Sweden; Ján Kuderjavý, France; Dagmar Repčeková, Romania; Anna Tureničová, Cyprus; Jan Voderadský, Greece; and Peter Zsoldos, Egypt.

The deputy chair of the parliamentary Foreign Committee and former foreign affairs minister Zdenka Kramplová (HZDS) said she was disappointed by the presentations that the new ambassadors delivered at the committee session at the end of June. She said that did not agree with the contents of these presentations, and that some of the new designated ambassadors probably do not meet the requirements for this post.

Kramplová suggested that in the future, designated ambassadors should attend a meeting of the parliamentary Foreign Committee before they are approved by the cabinet and appointed by the president.

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