Minister Titus Corlatean received by Slovakia's PM Robert Fico

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, who is currently paying an official visit to the Republic of Slovakia, as an answer to an invitation extended by his Slovak counterpart, on Tuesday was received by the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

According to a release of MAE remitted to AGERPRES, during the talks the two officials reconfirmed the excellent level of bilateral relations existing between Romania and the Slovak Republic and agreed to strengthen high-level political-diplomatic dialogue through the organisation in the next interval of meetings at heads of Executive level.

Minister Titus Corlatean underscored that the Slovak minority in Romania and the Romanian community in Slovakia represent a positive factor in the bilateral relations and also a success model of interethnic coexistence. The Slovak head of the Executive congratulated the Romania authorities for organising the international conference 'The Cohabitation of Slovaks and Romanians', on the occasion of the 210th anniversary since the settlement of the Slovak minority in Nadlac.

According to the abovementioned source, talks between the two high officials focused mainly on the upward trend of economic cooperation between Romania and Slovakia, being named a series of 'fields with development potential, such as infrastructure, the energy sector, tourism, agriculture, communications and information technology, with the necessity arising of initiating concrete measures of consolidation of the economic relations, such as the setting up of a Romanian-Slovak chamber of commerce, re-dynamiting the activity of the mixed economic commission and creating a joint economic committee to coordinate direct investments in both countries.'

Prime Minister Robert Fico reiterated the constant support granted by his country to Romania with respect to its Schengen aspirations.

Moreover, the two officials had an exchange of opinions regarding the upcoming European elections.

In this context, the two dignitaries voiced hope that the traditional political parties will approach this campaign for the elections to the European Parliament of a manner meant to prevent the attempt of some European extremist parties to erode the democratic principles and the fundamental principles and norms of the European Union, such as for instance the free movement of persons.

During his official visit to Slovakia, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, also had a meeting, again on Tuesday, with the Vice Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Minister of Interior Robert Kalinak.

'Talks focused on such aspects related to European and regional cooperation, in the context in which Romania and Slovakia were successively holding the rotating presidency of the Salzburg Forum, a regional platform of cooperation in internal security,' reads MAE.

Titus Corlatean's official visit to Bratislava reflects the very good level of bilateral relations between the two country and the common interest in consolidating cooperation on such issues of a mutual interest. AGERPRES

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