News Center -TDO- A reception was held at Ankara Divan Hotel on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and the Armed Forces Day, hosted by Slovakia's Ambassador to Ankara Ján Pšenica and Ms. Juliana Beňová.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, ambassadors and distinguished guests attended the reception.
Speaking at the opening of the reception, Ambassador Jan Psenica said, “After a 3-year hiatus caused by the epidemic, I am very happy to welcome you and see you all among us at our celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and the Day of the Armed Forces. We prepared the event together with the Slovak Defense Attaché Colonel Klima and his office. I am very grateful to him and his office for this.
This time of year is a rich period in the history of Slovakia and Slovaks with important days.
Adoption of the Constitution - September 1, 1992
Armed Forces Day - September 22, 1848
Slovak National Uprising - 29 August 1944
The invasion of former Czechoslovakia by Soviet Army-led forces - August 21, 1968 - which we do not celebrate, but remember.
When we talk about the constitution, we have to consider the values and principles attached to the constitution. Respect for international law, democratic government, human rights and freedoms, sovereignty and territorial integrity - is the legal backbone of modern Slovakia. These principles and values cannot be given and must be defended. Unfortunately, many other nations, including our eastern neighbor Ukraine, are deprived of it.
We remember and know that Turkey's support for our NATO membership and being an ally means a lot to us. I believe with all my heart that Turkey also belongs to the European family. In our own experience, EU membership is a matter of choice, a political decision and a matter of harmonization. Slovakia, of course, supports the expansion of the sphere of peace, democracy, stability and prosperity.
Cooperation between our nations is instantaneous. From the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Sert and Deputy Minister Mr. Kaymakcı, a life-threatening small
I would like to thank them for their efforts last week for the treatment of the Slovak girl. Finally, I am happy to announce that we have brought Slovak art and culture to Turkey under the title of “Slovak Art and Culture Days in Turkey”.
In his speech, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı said, “Sincere congratulations on the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and the Armed Forces Day. Slovakia is a valuable friend and ally. We appreciate Slovakia's principled support for Turkey's EU accession process. We are ready to develop our bilateral relations in every field. We welcome the establishment/first meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).
Turkey, one of Slovakia's most popular tourism destinations As of July 2022, more than 108 thousand Slovak tourists visited Turkey.
Within the framework of the Erasmus+ program, 1,121 Turkish students came to Slovakia and 333 Slovak students came to Turkey.
The reception ended with a cake cutting.