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State Secretary Amélie de Montchalin visits the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

State Secretary Amélie de Montchalin visits the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

4.7.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Bilateral relations in the context of events carried out that correspond to the Action plan for the Slovak-French Strategic Partnership for 2018-2022 – this was the main topic of the meeting of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Amélie de Montchalin, State Secretary of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, who visited Slovakia on the occasion of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. “We talked about upcoming joint activities and we also confirmed our interest in a dynamic continuation of our very good relations,” stated Minister Lajčák. The meeting was an opportunity to touch on the topic of EU enlargement, also in the context of the Report of the European Commission on Enlargement, which addressed enlargement as well as evaluation of the progress made by individual candidate countries along with the conclusions of the Council for General Affairs on the issues of enlargement. “The enlargement of the EU, based on the fulfilment of the set criteria, means a strategic investment in a safe, stable and unified bloc based on common values,” stated Miroslav Lajčák.

 

State Secretary František Ružička also met with the French dignitary. Amélie de Montchalin described Slovakia as partner with whom France wishes to deliberate about European themes. “For our part, I appreciated the strategic engagement of Paris in the Central and Eastern European Region,” noted František Ružička.  The partners talked primarily about European issues, among others about migration and EU neighbour relations.

 

The French state secretary delivered her remarks at the ministry as part of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. In addressing the ambassadors, she emphasized the deep historic links between the two countries. She also mentioned the strong Slovak-French partnership, which has been benefiting from a pro-European position. “Pro-Europeanism is more important than the size of a country,” she underscored. According to her, the European Union is a real global player, which should watch over adherence to the rules of international order. “When protecting the international order, there can’t be any compromises,” she concluded.