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Regional defence ministers seek V4 mutual task force

Defence ministers of Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) are interested in creating a mutual European Union task force of V4 countries, they agreed at a session in Budapest on October 8, the Slovak Defence Ministry's spokesman, Vladimír Gemela, told TASR on that day. The session, attended by Defence Minister Jaroslav Baška, also dealt with NATO operations in Afghanistan, the EU's operation in Africa and the strategic partnership between NATO and EU.

Defence ministers of Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) are interested in creating a mutual European Union task force of V4 countries, they agreed at a session in Budapest on October 8, the Slovak Defence Ministry's spokesman, Vladimír Gemela, told TASR on that day.

The session, attended by Defence Minister Jaroslav Baška, also dealt with NATO operations in Afghanistan, the EU's operation in Africa and the strategic partnership between NATO and EU.

The V4 defence ministers also met with their counterparts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine to discuss their Euro-Atlantic integration. Baška pointed out to the fact that Slovakia is ready to help the Balkan countries in those areas where it has experience from its successful NATO and EU integration process. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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