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Brazil (26 March) – Slovakia and Brazil will intensify their political dialogue as well as cooperation on economic projects. This was agreed on by the foreign ministers of both countries during their talks in the capital city Brasília. “Our relations have significant untapped potential and there is willingness to use that potential by both parties,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, after the talks with his departmental counterpart Mauro Vieira, the country’s Vice-President Michel Temer, and with parliamentarians. This was the first visit in 17 years by a Slovak foreign minister to the largest country in South America.
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today (24 March) sent telegrams of condolences to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany and to José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, regarding the victims of the crash of an Airbus 320 plane in the French Alps, with 148 people on board.
Bratislava (23 March) – The situation in Ukraine, the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries and energy security were the topics of today’s discussions by foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries and Germany in Bratislava. Germany is one of the major strategic partners of the V4 countries and holds consultations with the V4 on a regular basis.
Podgorica (19 March) – “Montenegro faces many challenging tasks in its integration process but in accomplishing those tasks the country can rely on clear support from Slovakia,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during his visit in Podgorica. Minister Lajčák held talks in Montenegro on Wednesday and Thursday with the country’s President Filip Vujanović, Speaker of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapić, Prime Minister Milo Djukanović, and with his departmental counterpart Igor Lukšić as well as with Interior Minister Raško Konjević and Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MFEA SR) strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Tunisia in which 20 people from various countries lost their lives and many more suffered injuries. This deplorable act shows contempt of the fundamental right to human life. The Slovak Republic supports the people of Tunisia and the country’s political leaders in their efforts to establish tolerance and democracy, as were shown in the last elections, and believes the country will not let the tragedy intimidate it. MFEA SR assures the international community that Slovakia will continue cooperating in the fight against every form of terrorism. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic expresses condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims.
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, festively unveiled a large-size painting commemorating 1150 years since the arrival of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in the premises of the diplomacy department today (18 March), painted by Ján Glózik, a naive artist from Kovačica, Serbia, who worked on the picture for 15 months and presented it to the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad.
Brussels (16 March) – The relationships of the European Union with Africa, migration issues, the situation in Libya and preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit were discussed by foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states in their regular meeting in Brussels today. Slovakia was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. From Slovakia’s view, he pointed out another two important topics, namely the nomination of a new EU Special Representative for Central Asia and opening the avenue for implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
26.3.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Salvádor
Peter Burian, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (26 March 2015) Carmen María Gallardo de Hernández, Ambassador Designate of the Republic of El Salvador to the Slovak Republic, resident in Vienna, on the occasion of presentation of copies of her credentials.
25.3.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Rakúsko
Peter Javorčík, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held working consultations with Michael Linhart, Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, and Stefan Pehringer, European Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, today (25 March).
24.3.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko v OECD
Jon Lomøy, Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD), visited Slovakia today (24 March) upon an invitation from Peter Burian, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and participated in the regular meeting of the Coordination Committee for Slovak Official Development Assistance.