Dr Mike Evans

Netanyahu meets with Slovakian prime minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Monday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem with Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger.

The two leaders discussed deepening the cooperation between Israel and Slovakia, especially in technology, innovation and tourism, as well as regional issues, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Netanyahu emphasized the need to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, an ongoing topic of discussion the prime minister has highlighted in talks with other world leaders. The two national leaders also discussed opportunities for expanding the circle of peace in continuation of the Abraham Accords.

Netanyahu and Heger first met privately and then held an expanded meeting, according to the prime minister’s statement. Also participating in the meeting were Slovakian State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Lubos Jancik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Marian Majer and First State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy Peter Svec, as well as Israeli Ambassador to Slovakia Eitan Lev-On and Slovakian Ambassador to Israel Igor Mauks.

“Prime Minister, I’m very happy to welcome you here. Slovakia and Israel have excellent relations which are improving all the time in every field. So I hope this conversation will enable us to take it forward even more,” Netanyahu said during the meeting.

“We are happy to cooperate with you on security and prosperity for both our countries, and I look forward to doing more,” he added.

Slovakia has long held diplomatic relations with Israel and has an embassy in Tel Aviv.

The eastern European nation has a rich Jewish history, with Jews living in the nation since at least the 11th century. The nation also sadly experienced the deaths of many of its Jewish residents during the Holocaust, along with tens of thousands of Jews who were forced to leave the nation during the period.