Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today in Bratislava received Valeriu Zgonea, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament who is on an official visit to Slovakia that includes his attendance at tomorrow’s celebration of the anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic is very pleased with the news that six political prisoners in Belarus have been released and sees this step as a very good result of the long-term intensive EU-Belarus dialogue to which Slovakia has also significantly contributed through talks with Belarus counterparts at various levels.
Statement on the anniversary of invading Czechoslovakia on 21 August 1968 Today, the Slovak Republic commemorates the 47th anniversary of Warsaw Pact troops invading Czechoslovakia and the start of more than twenty years of Soviet occupation of our country. These events represent a dark chapter in the history of the traditionally good Slovak-Russian relations. The Slovak Republic appreciates that, in the past, top political representatives of the Russian Federation have officially dissociated themselves from and apologized for the August 1968 invasion and the occupation that followed. A necessary prerequisite for a constructive development of bilateral relations is to come to terms with the past based on historic facts. Unfortunately, attempts to rewrite history and falsify the historic truth about the invasion of Czechoslovakia continue to appear. In May 2015, the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) broadcasted a documentary entitled “Warsaw Pact – Pages Declassified” with the authors´ commentary containing misrepresentations and old ideological clichés. This issue was brought to the attention of the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák during their talks in Moscow on 1 June 2015. The Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the Russian Federation also addressed a letter to the VGTRK management officially protesting against the documentary and asking for an explanation – however, with no reply as yet. VGTRK also did not reply to another letter offering the official Slovak view of the events of August 1968. The fact that the VGTRK broadcasted this false and truth-distorting work, as well as its indifference to communication, is even more striking in that the Slovak Republic vigorously and unequivocally refutes all attempts to purposefully revise history vis-à-vis the liberating of Europe from Nazism and casting doubt on the role of the Red Army in its defeat. Victory stays victory and occupation stays occupation. Therefore, we insist on respecting the historic truth also about the events of 1968, which represented a great and long-lasting tragedy for Czechoslovakia and its citizens.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic strongly condemns the bomb attack in the center of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, on Monday (17 August 2015), which left at least 20 people dead and more than 120 injured – both Thai citizens and foreign tourists.
San Salvador (24 July) – “Democracy is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable development and should be its focal point,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic at the Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies in San Salvador. Delegates from several dozen countries met in the capital city of El Salvador to discuss the interconnection of good governance and economic development in the context of accomplishing the global development goals.
Brussels (20 July) – Almost throughout the day Monday European Foreign Affairs Ministers held negotiations on current foreign policy issues at their regular monthly Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. The Slovak Delegation was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák sent today (20 July) a telegram of condolence to his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in relation to the bomb attack in the Iraqi province of Diyala last Saturday. I have learned with deep sadness and regret about the terrorist attack at the marketplace in the city of Khan Bani Saad north of Baghdad, leaving dozens of innocent people, including children, dead and many injured. This reprehensible terrorist act was committed when Iraqi people were celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The cynicism of terrorism knows no limits, did not hesitate to misuse and change moments devoted to thanks, harmony and solidarity into grieve, pain and suffering.
With profound grief we inform that Ambassador Juraj Migaš, our colleague for many years and an excellent diplomat, suddenly passed away on Saturday, 29 August 2015.
25.8.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Willem Van de Voorde, Ambassador Designate of the Kingdom of Belgium to SR, resident in Vienna, who presented the copies of his credentials today (25 August).
13.8.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
Igor Slobodník, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (13 August) Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, designated Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to SR, with residence in Vienna, who presented copies of her credentials.