At the regular informal EU Foreign Affairs Ministers´ meeting held once a year during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the so-called Gymnich format – today (15 February) in Sofia, Bulgaria, the heads of diplomacy discussed the current developments in Syria, the European perspective of the Western Balkans and current developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The first discussions delved into developments in Syria. The ministers confirmed their support for the Geneva process under the UN auspices as the only way to achieve an intra-Syrian political solution. “It is necessary to go to Geneva to search for a political resolution to the Syria situation,” stated State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, Ivan Korčok, stressing that the military engagement of regional players has a potential to seriously endanger this dialogue and the prospects for a political solution. “It is therefore of core importance not to give a rise or escalate the tension in the current circumstances," he added.
State Secretary Parízek speaks with the ODIHR Director about mutual cooperation and preparations for Slovakia’s Presidency of the OSCE in 2019
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, met Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, the OSCE’s Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw on Tuesday (13 February 2018). They talked about preparations for Slovakia´s Presidency of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2019 and its possible priorities in the human rights’ dimension. They also discussed the Office´s activities, with an emphasis on the work planned for next year.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, received today (6 February 2018) at the ministry offices Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary with whom he had just officially opened a new building of the Embassy of Hungary in Bratislava. State Secretary Korčok stated in this regard: “I congratulated the minister on the new premises of the embassy, which reflects the importance of Slovak-Hungarian political and economic relations as well as the relations between our citizens that we would like to continue to develop. These create conditions for strengthening person-to-person, business and cultural contacts, as well as realizing joint events – because modern diplomacy is not done behind closed doors anymore."
Lajčák launches a new book: Testimonials and Stories – Diplomacy in the Time of Formation of the Slovak Republic
In the historically-difficult time when the Czecho-Slovak Republic was dividing 25 years ago and when the history of independent Slovakia started forming, our diplomacy was "sitting in the first row”. We realized that this was a new phase of our history and our own lives. We were full of enthusiasm as well as of incertitude as we only started defining the contours of our future path. This was the message today (2 February) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák at the premises of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Bratislava during the official launch of the book Svedectvá a príbehy – diplomacia v období vzniku Slovenskej republiky (Testimonials and Stories – Diplomacy in the Time of Formation of the Slovak Republic).
Every nation needs to commemorate important moments in its own history to understand and appreciate how it has grown and where it has now moved to. This is twice as much true this year when Slovakia commemorates the 25th anniversary of Slovak statehood as well as the 100-year common journey of the Czechs and Slovaks to democracy. This was stated today (31 January) by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, who laid a symbolic bouquet of appreciation at M. R. Štefánik’s memorial plaque in a park at the square of the same name in Paris during a ceremony at the end of his working visit to France. “There are not many persons who have so significantly influenced our modern history as General Štefánik. He played an important role not only in creating the first post-war common state of Czechs and Slovaks but also in leaving his message on which the principles of our diplomacy is now based. General Štefánik deserves our recognition," stated Korčok.