Cooperation between Slovakia and Hungary has improved, say presidents

Though there are still some issues on which Slovakia and Hungary have differences of opinion, cooperation between the two countries has improved during the past year, according to Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič and his Hungarian counterpart János Áder, who met in Hungary on February 19. The presidents agreed to create a list of disputed issues which will be discussed by expert groups, the SITA newswire reported.

Though there are still some issues on which Slovakia and Hungary have differences of opinion, cooperation between the two countries has improved during the past year, according to Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič and his Hungarian counterpart János Áder, who met in Hungary on February 19. The presidents agreed to create a list of disputed issues which will be discussed by expert groups, the SITA newswire reported.

“The resolution of these controversial questions is even more important since in the past three years the cooperation between our countries has been more successful,” said Áder, as quoted by SITA, adding that trade between the two states had also increased. Slovakia is one of the most important trading partners of Hungary, Áder stressed.

Gašparovič said that relations between Slovakia and Hungary are intensifying, not just due to more frequent meetings but also because of solutions to mutual problems.

Though the countries have different opinions over the Slovakia’s State Language Act and Hungary’s dual citizenship law, the presidents agreed that it is necessary to protect minorities, SITA wrote.

“We suppose that their abuse for political goals is particularly dangerous,” Gašparovič said, as quoted by SITA.

The Slovak president added that it is important that not only politicians, but also people from the two countries should continue to learn about each other and create the closest possible relations.

During a two-day visit, the first in nine years, the Slovak president will also meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as well as representatives of the Slovak community living in Hungary.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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