Minister - Activities

  • 20.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Leadership and inclusiveness, the ability of the young generation to take the steering wheel, to listen to, decide and act - these are parts of the recipe for the future resolution of the serious crises threatening the basics of our world. This has been heard today (20 May) at the World Economic Forum on Middle East and North Africa (WEF on MENA) in Jordan, wherein - at the invitation of the organizers – Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák also participated.
  • 19.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák today (19 May) led a delegation of the Slovak Republic at the 127th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in Nicosia, Cyprus, focused on reinforcing democratic security in Europe. The meeting, chaired by Foreign Affairs Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides, delved especially into current political issues related to democratic security, the fight against violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, addressing the migration crisis and the key role of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in conflict resolution.
  • 18.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák met with an Omani delegation led by Princess Mona bint Fahad bin Mahmoud Al Said at the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry today (18 May). The representatives of Oman arrived in Slovakia for an educational mission – as Princess Mona, the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister of the Sultanate of Oman, works at the prestigious Sultan Qaboos University.
  • 15.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Major challenges facing Africa ever more intensively that we can also feel in Europe, include the growing population, unemployment, ethnic and religious conflicts, poverty and hunger; all of which work as catalysts of uncontrolled migration. This was acknowledged today (15 May) by heads of diplomacy of the European Union member states in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels where Slovakia was represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák.
  • 13.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Invited by Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, more than 40 ambassadors accredited to the Slovak Republic visited the Tatras region on 12-13 May. The diplomats admired attractive World Heritage Sites listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as well as the beauty of the Slovak highest mountains - the High Tatras. They had a unique opportunity to become directly acquainted with cultural, historic and economic heritage of this region.
  • 11.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák on 11 May received Apostolic Nuncio to the Slovak Republic and doyen of the diplomatic corps Monsignor Mario Giordana and presented him with the Minister's Golden Plaque at the end of his nine-year diplomatic mission to Slovakia. The minister highlighted the contribution of the Apostolic Nuncio to developing an excellent level and quality of relations between Slovakia and the Holy See. They agreed that there is an open and constructive dialog between Slovakia and the Holy See that includes regular visits and receptions at the top level, and that mutual cooperation is trouble free. "Your positive relation to Slovakia and Slovaks has been visible not only in your work within the general cooperation, but also in your positions and activities as doyen of the diplomatic corps," said Lajčák during the ceremony and awarded Monsignor Giordana with the Golden Plaque of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister for his contribution to building and developing the mutual relations.
  • 09.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Slovakia remains a reliable US partner in NATO, as well as an important partner in strengthening political stability and economic prosperity in Europe, as Foreign and European Affairs Minister of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and Andrea Thompson, US Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President responsible for Russian, NATO and the Western Balkans agenda, agreed in Washington, D.C on Tuesday (9 May). The Minister confirmed Slovakia´s interest in intensifying practical cooperation with the USA, recalling that Slovakia has been a reliable US partner, both within Europe and outside, as has been attested to by our engagement in the Afghanistan and Iraq missions. He also informed his counterpart about his talks with Ukrainian counterparts during his April visit to Kiev, and conveyed the Ukrainian view of implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the role of the Normandy format.
  • 08.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Meeting with the head of US diplomacy Rex Tillerson dominated the agenda of Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák in the US capital, Washington, D.C, today (8 May).This has been first ever bilateral meeting of the Slovak Government member with a high-level US administration representative. An almost hour-long meeting was dominated by terrorism and Slovakia´s contribution to the fight against Daesh, meeting the commitments agreed in the NATO summit in Wales, as well as developments in Ukraine, relations with Russia, developments in the Western Balkans, and last but not least the situation in Syria. Tillerson appreciated the constructive approach of the Slovak foreign policy grounded on foreseeability, stability and strong trans-Atlantic ties. They agreed that Slovak-US mutual ties are long-term and ongoing. In 2018, we will commemorate 25 years since establishing diplomatic ties, as well as 100 years since founding the first joint state of Czechs and Slovaks, greatly assisted by the then-US President Woodrow Wilson.
  • 06.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN
    Migration will be one of the most high-profile topics of the upcoming 72nd UN General Assembly. It is a global phenomenon requiring a global solution. And the UN is the right place for generating the answers. This was said on Friday (5 May) at a meeting with representatives of UN regional groups (the Eastern European, African and Asia-Pacific) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák. “We must move from reactivity to proactivity and come up with new solutions. One of them is also the Global Compact on Migration, setting out ambitious targets for us in 2018 to prepare it. So that the proposed solutions represent an adequate response from the international community to the problem affecting all countries, though in different ways," said the Minister. He added that migration is closely linked to all the UN agendas with stability, peace and security being prominent. It’s impossible to make sustainable progress in the areas like economic development, removing poverty or observing human rights without them. “The UN needs to adapt to the changing international environment.” Preventing conflict and their origination, as well as promoting sustainable peace represent core mission of this organization. If we want to succeed in these efforts, we need more synergy, a closer cooperation among Member States, and a more meaningful dialog. The UN is the best example of multilateralism, therefore it’s necessary to further reinforce the relevance of this international organization in resolving global problems,” said Lajčák.
  • 05.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Slovensko a OSN
    The current challenges, including the escalating tension in south-east Asia due to ballistic missile tests carried out by Pyongyang, the ongoing conflict in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the Near East region, UN peace operations reform, as well as development architecture and management were core topics of the working meeting of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Thursday (4 May). “It’s necessary to restore the people´s trust in the UN, which the fate of millions of them in various countries is tied to. This could also happen if citizens´ interest in the state of affairs is revived and the UN role in resolving global, regional and local problems comes to be better understood. The world around us has been changing quickly and we cannot stand aside and afford not to follow these developments,” said Lajčák. According to him, conflict prevention, sustainable peace intermediation and the implementation of sustainable development goals present main challenges for the UN.