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On his first foreign trip Minister Kulhánek visited Slovakia
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On his first foreign trip Minister Kulhánek visited Slovakia


Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek was in Slovakia on Wednesday, 28 April 2021. This was the new foreign minister's first trip abroad following his appointment to the top diplomatic post, during which he held talks with Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger and with his counterpart Ivan Korčok. Among the main topics were the bilateral agenda, the European economic recovery plan, cooperation within Central Europe and the current state of Czech-Russian relations.

In keeping with longstanding tradition, Minister Kulhánek accepted the invitation to visit Slovakia as his first foreign trip in office. "It hardly needs mentioning that the relationship between our countries is special," the chief of Czech diplomacy said after a meeting with Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok. "This is reflected in our daily cooperation, not only at the political or official level, but above all in regular interpersonal contacts. Slovakia was also the first country to expel three Russian diplomats as a show of solidarity with the Czech Republic in the Vrbětice affair."

During the meeting, Minister Kulhánek also emphasised the effects of the pandemic on trade between the two countries and informed the Slovak partners about plans to use EU funds to support and modernise the Czech economy. An important topic was also the gradual opening of the possibility to travel. "We would like to do our best to be able to visit each other again as soon as possible. The citizens of our countries are experiencing an unprecedented situation in this respect," Minister Kulhánek said. The discussion on travel also covered the EU's commitment to agree on a European solution in the form of a digital Covid passport that would allow freer and safer movement within Europe. Both countries support its creation.

The Czech foreign minister assured his partners in Bratislava of his conviction that it would be worthwhile for European states to continue their close coordination within regional formats, especially within the Visegrad Group and Slavkov cooperation. "Our common interest is to maintain a pragmatic, rational, informal and flexible form of cooperation, working especially where it has added value for us," Minister Kulhánek said.

Finally, Minister Kulhánek thanked Slovakia for supporting the Czech Republic in responding to the results of the investigation into the explosion of the ammunitions warehouse in Vrbětice, including the formation of common positions within the EU and NATO.


On his first foreign trip Minister Kulhánek visited Slovakia