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Fico and Bajnai should meet soon

PRIME Minister Robert Fico is due to visit Budapest in the near future.

PRIME Minister Robert Fico is due to visit Budapest in the near future.

This was the outcome of an April 27 meeting between Slovakia’s foreign affairs minister, Miroslav Lajčák, and the new Hungarian foreign affairs minister, Péter Balázs, in Luxemburg. Fico’s meeting with the head of the new Hungarian government, Gordon Bajnai, should take place within a few weeks, the SITA newswire reported Lajčák as saying.

Balázs will first travel to Bratislava to prepare with Lajčák the prime ministers’ meeting and talk about problems in the two states’ mutual relations.

“The world expects us to be an example of how two countries can talk to each other and not bang our fists on the table or ask some third party to solve things for us,” Lajčák said at a briefing after the meeting, as quoted by SITA.

“The Hungarian minister sees our bilateral relations as one of the topics we need to give priority to and we welcome this,” Lajčák said.

According to Lajčák, Slovakia and Hungary have many more things uniting them than dividing them. Both ministers promised to communicate and solve the problems in a civilised manner.

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