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Miroslav Lajčák Takes Part in the Meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Miroslav Lajčák Takes Part in the Meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg

17.6.2019 | Aktivity ministra | SR a EÚ |

Today (17 June 2019) 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 Luxembourg. 

 

The meeting started with a discussion on the efficiency of the EU foreign policy. The ministers discussed the possibilities of improving the drafting and adopting of joint decisions at the level of the Union and instruments aimed at strengthening the unity and the position of the EU in the global world. In this regard, Miroslav Lajčák made an appeal for the FAC agenda to be ambitious and operational. Emphasis should be placed on the implementation of arrangements agreed by the member states and European institutions.
 

With the next item on the agenda, the ministers of foreign affairs together with the defence ministers of the EU 28 focused on the evaluation of the Global EU Strategy. In this regard, they evaluated the implementation of the strategy and proposed further activities for the upcoming period. Miroslav Lajčák supported the further implementation of the strategy and presented concerns related to the overall negative developments in the security area, also in the European neighbourhood. “As for external relations, we believe that EU unity, the pursuit of multilateralism and a world order based on clear rules are key,” emphasized the Chief of Slovak diplomacy in this regard. 

 

 

Today, the ministers of foreign affairs also discussed the current situation in Sudan, as a follow-up to the April military coup in the country in which President Omar Al-Bashir was overthrown. They further discussed the possibilities of supporting a peaceful solution to the current situation. In this respect, Minister Lajčák stated that the situation in Sudan has been critical. He also severely condemned the use of force against demonstrators at the beginning of June of this year. 

 

The last item on the agenda of the meeting of chiefs of European diplomacies was the current development in the Near East region, which they discussed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Ayman Safadi. Miroslav Lajčák acknowledged the positive role of Jordan and its contribution to the strengthening of stability in the region, including the management of security challenges and the significant help it provides to refugees within its territory. He also expressed support for the current and future partnership between Jordan and the EU.

 

Minister Lajčák informed his partners about his visit to Ukraine last week in his capacity as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and emphasized the need for clear support for the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky, primarily in the context of conflict resolution in the East of the country and of the improvement of the lives of people living in this area.
 

The Council adopted conclusions on multilateralism, the Black Sea, the new EU Strategy regarding Central Asia, and defence and security in the context of the EU Global Strategy.