Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Successful start to state visit

AMSTERDAM - Queen Beatrix, the first Dutch monarch to visit present-day Slovakia, arrived in Bratislava on Monday.

She met briefly on Monday with President Ivan Gašparoviè and First Lady Silvia Gašparovièová in the Presidential Palace in Bratislava.
The president's spokesman said that the heads of state discussed the EU constitution and healthcare systems in their respective countries.
Queen Beatrix went on to meet with Prime Minister Robert Fico after her visit with the president and his wife.

Queen Beatrix was first invited to Slovakia by President Michal Kováè (1993-98), but was unable to accept because of her busy state agenda, the Slovak Spektator reports.