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Fico praises Slovak-Dutch co-operation in ISAF operation in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Robert Fico met his Dutch counterpart, Jan Peter Balkenende, in Bratislava on November 12. Fico said he appreciated the co-operation between the two countries in the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Robert Fico met his Dutch counterpart, Jan Peter Balkenende, in Bratislava on November 12. Fico said he appreciated the co-operation between the two countries in the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

He also spoke about his government's intention to send another 50 Slovak soldiers to Afghanistan in March.

Balkenende emphasised that soldiers of both states were taking part in the mission in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. He praised the fact the decision to send more troops.

"We regard it as a good proof of solidarity," he said.

Fico stressed that there were no open political issues between the two countries, and that the Netherlands was among the most important investors in our country. He described co-operation in the economic area as excellent.

The prime ministers also discussed issues surrounding the functioning of the EU, especially the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, next year's European Parliament election, and the moves being taken by individual governments regarding the financial crisis. Balkenende mentioned that Queen Beatrix expressed satisfaction with her visit to Slovakia last year. TASR

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