US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, who visited Slovakia on September 14 said, following a meeting with PM Mikuláš Dzurinda, that the US did not take Slovakia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan for granted and thanked the country's soldiers in these missions.
Armitage also met with Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan and Defence Minister Juraj Liška. PM Dzurinda assured Armitage that Slovakia will fulfil its obligations in the fight against international terrorism, while the Foreign Ministry's spokesman Juraj Tomaga added that Slovakia does not plan withdrawing its troops from either Afghanistan or Iraq.
At a meeting with Slovak MPs, Armitage also said that he understood opposing views regarding US foreign policy and that he was open to listening to them.
"We can have different opinions and despite this we can remain friends," he said.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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16. Sep 2004 at 10:04