Slovakia's Armed Forces and the US military enjoy an above-average level of cooperation, Slovak Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko said after meeting US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg in Bratislava on Wednesday, October 6, the TASR newswire reported, citing a Defence Ministry spokesperson.
"I'm pleased that you view our moves in the sphere of transparency positively," Galko was reported as saying. "However, it isn't easy to combat corruption and ongoing corruption octopuses," he added. According to Galko, bilateral relations in the military sphere are highly active and effective. Galko stressed that Slovakia is focusing on continuing to meet tasks related to its EU and NATO memberships. He also said that Slovakia is interested in comprehensive modernisation of its armed forces.
Meanwhile, Steinberg expressed interested in military co-operation within the Visegrad Four grouping (of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) and praised Slovakia's engagement in Afghanistan and Bosnia. Galko assured him that the ISAF operation in Afghanistan is Slovakia's top priority.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Oct 2010 at 10:00