Dzurinda and Gasparovic head to Iceland, then UN assembly

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Foreign affairs minister Mikulas Dzurinda left for an official visit to Iceland on Sunday, together with President Ivan Gasparovic, on the first ever official visit of a top Slovak public official in the country’s modern day history.

The trip to Iceland is aimed at improving co-operation in trade and commerce between the two countries, and to boost mutual research and development, and also to lend support to Iceland’s bid to join the EU. Slovakia is interested in developing co-operation with Iceland chiefly in the pharmaceutical industry and in the field of geothermal energy.

The next day they will travel to New York to take part in the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, where Dzurinda will also deliver a speech to the Global Investment Symposium called ‘Invest in Slovakia’. “It’s a perfect opportunity to increase the influx of foreign investment to Slovakia,” he said.

Dzurinda’s agenda also includes meetings with Russian foreign affairs minister Sergei Lavrov and Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith, as well as the Transatlantic Dinner organised by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

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