Slovakia will pledge to increase its defence budget to 1.6 percent of GDP by 2020 at the Newport NATO summit (September 4-5), President Andrej Kiska told journalists before leaving for the summit on September 3. He also stated that Slovakia will state clear positions on all fundamental issues.
“When it comes to the defence budget, we’ll commit ourselves to halt the drop in spending and allocate 20 percent of the yearly defence budget for modernisation of the Slovak military by 2016,” Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Kiska also wants to declare his country’s readiness to help Ukraine “in financial terms and in spheres where Slovakia is strong”. At the summit in Wales, he also wants to confirm Slovakia’s commitment to assist Afghani security forces in 2015.
Kiska will also use the summit for bilateral talks, the SITA newswire wrote, specifying that he is slated to meet Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, and also Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Kiska’s website informs that he would like to confirm the mutual interest in dialogue, to develop mutual relationships and exchange views of topical issues of international politics. The Netherlands is also Slovakia’s most important partner in terms of foreign investment.
Kiska left for Wales already on September 3; it is the first NATO summit in which the Slovak president, elected in June, takes place. Apart from him, also Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Defence Minister Martin Glváč and head of the General Staff of Slovak Armed Forces, Milan Maxim, are members of the official delegation.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Sep 2014 at 14:00