The designated ambassadors from South Korea, Canada and El Salvador and the Sovereign Order of Maltese Knights presented their credentials to Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič in Bratislava on December 7, the TASR newswire reported. Francis Martin O'Donnel from the Maltese Knights, Seo Seok-Soong from South Korea, Valerie Raymond from Canada and Vanessa Tobar from El Salvador visited the President's Office at the Grassalkovich Palace.
O'Donnel extended greetings from the Maltese Order's Grand Master Matthew Festing to the Slovak head of state, expressing the desire to hold bilateral talks. In talks with Seo Seok-Soong from South Korea, Gašparovič voiced his wish to further enhance ties in the fields of culture, science, education and tourism as well as to bolster multilateral co-operation in international institutions, notably the United Nations.
Speaking to Valerie Raymond of Canada, Gašparovič praised her country for cancelling the visa requirement for Slovaks and expressed his hope that Canada will do the same for the Czech Republic. At his meeting with El Salvador's Vanessa Tobar, Gašparovič said that her mission to Slovakia is of great importance as cooperation between the two countries is tiny and needs to be intensified in all areas, notably in farming, energy, water and the wood-processing industries. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.