BISHKEK. Slovak President Rudolf Schuster has started his official three-day visit to Kyrgyzstan. He met with Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev and parliamentary leaders discussing problems of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, as well as cooperation in the fields of culture, science and technology.
President Akayev told journalists today that the two countries have a similar stance in fighting international terrorism and in helping Afghanistan's recovery efforts. Akayev also said that the home of Aleksandr Dubcek, the former Communist reformer of Czechoslovakia in 1968, who spent his childhood years in Bishkek in 1925-1938, will be restored as a museum.
Schuster praised Kyrgyzstan as a trusted partner of Slovakia in Central Asia. The Slovak president also met with ethnic Slovaks living in Kyrgyzstan. Tomorrow he will meet with students of the Kyrgyz National University and visit a resort town in the Ysykkoel region.
Slovak TASR news agency says that during his trip to Central Asia, Schuster will also visit Uzbekistan.