Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein hosted his Slovakian counterpart Pavol Paška at the Israeli parliament on Wednesday. The speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic arrived for an official visit at the Israeli parliament in the morning and was received by the Knesset Guard. After the traditional signing of the guestbook at Chagall Hall, Paška and Edelstein held a work meeting in the latter`s office.

Speaker Edelstein welcomed Paška to the Knesset and said, ”This is a historic visit that is taking place after many years, and I believe it will further develop the excellent relations between Israel and Slovakia. During this visit we will seek ways to develop inter-parliamentary cooperation between us, because in democratic countries the parliament is the `voice of the nation,` and I believe we will see fruitful cooperation with the assistance of the Israel-Slovakia Parliamentary Friendship Group, which is headed by MK Zvulun Kalfa (HaBayit HaYehudi).

Speaker Paška thanked Edelstein for the warm welcome and said ”there is excellent cooperation between our countries, but it is always important that there be continuity. The cooperation between the Slovakian parliament and the Knesset is very important. In the global world, parliament and the atmosphere within it dictate the content and the essence, sometimes even in a personal and informal manner.”

”We can and should share with one another values and mutual topics. I hope we will also deepen our countries` economic ties, which are very important to industrialists and businesspeople in Slovakia,” he stated.