The Good Will Envoy Awards go to successful Slovaks living and working abroad on a long-term basis who, by their work, spread the good reputation of our country and contribute to fostering its positive image and the “Slovakia brand”. The award is also an expression of recognition of the laureates’ success in their professional lives and gratitude for their valuable contribution to the positive presentation of the Slovak Republic abroad.
The meeting of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, with the number two man of American diplomacy John J. Sullivan, focused on the evaluation of the current status of bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on defence and security issues, the Slovak Republic’s upcoming chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and other current themes of joint interest, such as the developments in the Ukraine or energy security.
Today (10 December 2018) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the regular meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. From the political point of view, the most significant discussion at the meeting concerned the current situation in the Sea of Azov regarding the Russian military attack on the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, which occurred on November 25 of this year. The ministers condemned the attack, emphasized their full support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and made an appeal for the release of the detained and unlawfully charged Ukrainian seamen and for guarantees for the free passage through the Kerch Strait for all ships. “The incident in the Kerch Strait was a direct consequence of the annexation of Crimea. Slovakia as the upcoming holder of the chairmanship of the OSCE has a strong interest in the achievement of a sustainable peaceful solution which will be based on the Minsk agreements and will respect the territorial integrity of the Ukraine,” stated Minister Lajčák in this regard. They then discussed the situation in detail with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, including several EU scenarios to strengthen the economic support for the regions of Eastern Ukraine that are affected most by the conflict.
Today (7 December), the Italian chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was symbolically handed over to Slovakia which will take over the leadership in the organisation in only three weeks from now, on 1 January 2019. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic will be replacing Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the OSCE’s Chairman-in-Office and Head of the Italian diplomatic service.
Rozhodnutie podať demisiu na svoju funkciu som prijal nie kvôli migrácii, ale kvôli tomu, že som presvedčený, že je na škodu Slovenska a jeho občanov, keď našim diplomatom nie je dovolené byť za stolom, kde sa diskutuje o veciach, ktoré sa nás týkajú. Bol som a zostávam presvedčený, že uznesenie NR SR o odmietnutí byť súčasťou spoločného úsilia riešiť migráciu nie je správne. Svoje rozhodnutie som prijal úprimne, pretože som ho považoval za správne. Obrovské množstvo ľudí zo Slovenska i zo zahraničia mi vyjadrilo silnú podporu.