Bratislava, March 29 (TASR) – Slovakia’s foreign policy should be definitely pro-European and pro-Atlantic, said Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (SNS), who was ceremonially sworn into office by Prime Minister Robert Fico on Tuesday.
“I will perform my function with determination, professionalism and integrity. I’ll strive for the most effective use of allocated financial resources,” said Gajdos.
He pointed to the deteriorating security situation abroad, including extremism. “I’m convinced that Slovak citizens deserve a responsibly prepared Slovak Armed Forces,” added Gajdos, who served 41 years in the Slovak military and was Deputy Chief of General Staff before becoming minister this month.
In his address he praised the soldiers serving within missions abroad. “They keep giving Slovakia a good reputation,” he stated.
Gajdos said that Fico has asked for basic policy thrusts of the ministry to be delivered by the end of this week. They will then be incorporated into the new Government Manifesto.