Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxemburg today (15 October 2018). The heads of European diplomacies discussed the external aspects of migration, also in the follow up to the informal summit of the heads of states and governments in Salzburg in September this year. nMinister Lajčák underlined the importance of implementing the conclusions of the June European Council, adding that FAC also plays its role in this regard. He pointed to the importance of cooperation between the IOM (the International Organization for Migration) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in preparing new instruments, such as disembarkation platforms. He also called for supporting the Global Compact for Migration, adopted at the UN General Assembly. The FAC also discussed the preparations for the conference about Libya organized by Italy in Palermo on 12-13 November 2018. They agreed on the need for clear and strong support for the efforts made by Ghassan Salamé, UN Secretary General Special Representative for Libya. The EU has geared its efforts towards unifying political forces in the country. It is important that presidential and parliamentary elections take place as soon as necessary prerequisites are formed.
Minister Lajčák holds discussion with George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held discussions today (12 October 2018) with George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. They focused on the preparation and priorities for Slovakia’s upcoming OSCE Chairmanship in 2019, including the opportunities for closer cooperation with the Parliamentary part of this organization.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, gave an address entitled "Respects to the noble-minded in diplomatic services" today (12 October 2018). He focused on the magical dates in our history ending with the number 8. In this regard he stated that although this list usually starts with 1918, the first prominent persons, the descendants of whom became the pillars of the future Slovak (or Czechoslovak) diplomacy, were formed in the times of the 1848 Revolution in the 19th century within the Slovak resistance movement. In this context Minister Lajčák recalled persons such as Milan Hodža, Vladimír Hurban, Štefan Osuský, Milan Rastislav Štefánik and others.
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Yoshihiro Seki, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, today (11 October 2018).
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, paid an official visit to Ireland today (10 October 2018). He spoke with Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and also visited the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. “Meeting with you – local people and business leaders living in the border area – enabled me to feel your fears about Brexit and provided me with a more detailed picture of its possible negative impacts on your everyday lives,” stated the head of Slovak diplomacy.