Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday congratulated the government and people of Slovakia on a successful election and expressed hope of working more closely with the incoming administration of the Central European country.
The Smer-SD party led by former Prime Minister Robert Fico will be tasked with forming a new government after winning the most seats in the Slovakian parliamentary election on Saturday.
Smer won 42 seats in the 150-member parliament, but needs coalition partners with a majority of seats to form a government, according to an AFP report.
In a statement, MOFA said Taiwan and Slovakia are close partners who share common values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Over the past three years, the two countries have signed more than 20 cooperative pacts across a wide range of fields including trade, tourism, culture, health care, higher education, technology/innovation, electric cars, aerospace and digital development.
Slovakia is also a staunch supporter of Taiwan’s participation in the international community, with the country’s parliament passing five resolutions last year backing Taiwan, the ministry noted.
Building on the existing foundation, Taiwan looks forward to continuing and deepening its wide-ranging and mutually beneficial partnership with the Slovakian government, working together to boost regional peace, stability and prosperity, MOFA added.
Source: Focus Taiwan