Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is on her seventh official state visit, this time in Germany.Read also:Read more
She was welcomed by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said both countries have had the closest relationship in recent decades, as reported by the TASR newswire.
He also said Čaputová represents the still living hope, which people first acquired 30 years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell.
The Slovak president invited his counterpart to Slovakia on her visit. Later, Čaputová also met with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Talks with Merkel
The German chancellor was particularly interested in how much progress has been made in the case of murdered investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée.
President Čaputová reassured the chancellor that the investigation is independent and being conducted responsibly. She also told Merkel that the culprits may soon be convicted and punished, TASR wrote.
Both politicians agreed on the need to unite Europe and on the Brexit deal to be final. The Slovak president added that Brexit is a great example of populism, which many EU countries are today facing.
“What we definitely need is a Brexit deal, not a no-deal scenario,” President Čaputová told TASR.Read also:Read more
“Mrs Chancellor and Mr President put big trust in Slovakia, in particular when it comes to bringing our region closer to the rest of the EU and building partnerships beyond our region,” President Čaputová also said, as quoted by TASR.
The invasion anniversary
The Slovak president's visit to Germany takes place during the 51st anniversary of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. It began on the night of August 20, 1968.
In this regard, the Slovak president laid flowers at the White Crosses Memorial to commemorate all those who died while trying to cross the Berlin Wall, the most visible symbol of the Cold War.
21. Aug 2019 at 23:02 | Compiled by Spectator staff