Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda announced on Wednesday, October 13, that Slovakia has signed an agreement with Hungary which will permit Hungarian embassies in three unnamed countries to grant visas on Slovakia's behalf, the TASR newswire reported.
"We're representing each other," said Dzurinda in parliament, adding that such cooperation is needed. "Times aren't easy. Countries are saving money and looking for new ways of co-operating ... We're letting other embassies represent us. The Visegrad Four countries [Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland] have set up a single embassy in Cape Town and now I've signed an agreement with Hungary," he stated.
Dzurinda said it is common practice today for countries to help each other and to achieve economy in diplomacy, adding that another good decision is for the management of Slovak trade consulates abroad to come under the remit of the Foreign Affairs Ministry instead of the Economy Ministry. Dzurinda was responding to former economy minister Ľubomír Jahnátek (Smer) who had criticised that idea in parliament.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Oct 2010 at 14:00