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07/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/24/2020 07:12

State Secretary Martin Klus: Iceland Attracts more and more Slovaks and Slovakia Attracts more Icelanders, this is the opportunity for strengthening our cooperation

'Iceland is becoming a very interesting tourist destination for more and more Slovak citizens, and this opportunity should definitely be used. I see a potential for intensifying and extending the area of cooperation between our countries, and tourism is one of the ideal opportunities.'

This was stated by State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Martin Klus on Thursday (23 July 2020) during a telephone conversation with the Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iceland, Sturla Sigurjónsson.

One of the core topics during the talks was the mutual exchange of information regarding the relaxing of the epidemiological measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Icelandic Foreign Affairs Ministry's Permanent Secretary of State Sigurjónsson said that the spread of the new coronavirus in the country is under control; they have recorded a low number of infected persons, and the situation is good. He also recalled the condition of the obligatory testing of persons coming to Iceland, which is valid for Slovak citizens as well.

Both partners also agreed that Slovakia and Iceland have long been tied by friendly relationships, on which further forms of cooperation can be built.

In this context the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic especially emphasized the cooperation in education. 'Slovakia is seeing an increasing number of Icelandic students of medicine and veterinary medicine, which seems to be also related to the establishment of the second honorary consulate of Iceland in Martin,' stated Klus.

He also expressed the hope that the long planned visit of the President of the Republic of Iceland to Slovakia will be realized in the near future.