On 24 January H. E. Mr. Manuel Korček, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic, and his wife Mrs. Monika Korčeková gave a reception at the embassy on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic.

The ambassador, who presented his credentials recently - on November 13, 2017, first introduced the choir of the National Music School "L. Pipkov" that sang the national anthems of Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Then, in his greetings to the guests, H. E. Mr. Manuel Korček pointed out: "The Slovak Republic has been born on 1 January 1993 and as my Foreign Minister recently said, it´s really interesting "to be older than your own state".

From the very beginning we established diplomatic relations with most of the countries including Bulgaria.

I am not going to list all mutual successes achieved since, I will just highlight the friendly spirit of our relations and their rich diversity through the years.

What connects us? A lot of things - the cultural and historical heritage of Cyril-Methodius; our recent past; the River Danube, and above all, many common interests as EU and NATO member states, and many common views on international issues.

We should remember the past, live the present, but most of all - think about the future!

There is, for sure, still room for improvement and  many new dimensions of our cooperation are open for all of us towards improving the quality of life of our citizens in order to build a better and stronger world – as "United we stand strong!"

An address sent by the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic was read at the reception.

On behalf of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Mr. Miroslav Lajčák (currently President of the United Nation General Assembly), H. E. Mr. Manuel Korček handed a special certificate to Assoc. Prof. Velitchko Panayotov, supervisor of the Slovak language at the Sofia University for his extraordinary merits in the development of the friendly relations with the Slovak Republic.

And then the guests, among whom were ambassadors, diplomats, public figures, scientists, journalists and friends, enjoyed the Slovak specialties prepared by chef Andrej Janás as well as Slovak beer, wine and cocktails of TatraTea.

Photos provided by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Bulgaria.