Minister - Activities

  • 27.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    The second day of the international security conference GLOBSEC in Bratislava was an opportunity for Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák to have a series of bilateral meetings with partners attending the conference. The minister started the day with a meeting with Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations, to discuss the developments in Iraq and Syria in the context of the operations of the international community against the so-called Islamic State (Daesh). The two officials acknowledged that there is a need to start getting ready for the “day after”, meaning the time following the defeat of Daesh and to start creating political partnerships to secure peace and stability in the region.
  • 26.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Support for Turkey’s ambition to be integrated within the European Union was declared today (26 May) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, to his Turkish departmental counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is on a bilateral visit in Slovakia. “We very well remember how supportive Turkey was at the time of our integration within the North Atlantic alliance and today we are ready to assist Turkey to accomplish its goal and become a European Union member, with our experience and influence,” noted Lajčák while stating that his Turkish counterpart reiterated his country’s lasting interest in being integrated within the EU during their deliberations.
  • 26.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    The time is right for Europe to adopt a more resolute position and to rise up again with more self-confidence to take up its role as a significant player in global politics and one of the global security pillars. This was the message by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his opening address (26 May) to the GLOBSEC 2017 conference. He stated the world is not any better in 2017 than it was in previous years; to the contrary, the threat of sliding back into East-West confrontation is a reality, and anger and frustration have been the only response to the deepening abyss between the rich and the poor in many corners of the planet. “Time is not on our side. Future predictions are hard to make, the tensions have been escalating. Many issues require swift action. Yet, I believe it is strategic thinking that will prevail,” stated Lajčák in his address.
  • 26.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, had several bilateral meetings with foreign counterparts, in parallel with the GLOBSEC 2017 security conference program, on 26 May. In his discussion with the former Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, the minister inquired about the internal political situation in Bulgaria and also talked about topics related to promoting world peace and ways to engage the younger generation in the processes.
  • 25.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Ways in which to achieve promotion of the economic development of Central Asian countries as well as the overall importance of this region in terms of future relations with the European Union were the key topics of today’s (25 May) meeting of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Peter Burian.
  • 24.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Conflict prevention and mediation are the best instruments in the UN’s peace-making efforts because every dollar or euro spent on prevention will bring a more efficient return than money spent for managing the already ongoing conflicts. This was said today (24 May) in the meeting between Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Patricia Hildegard Flor, Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.
  • 23.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    In relation with the terror attack in Manchester that claimed the lives of more than twenty victims and left more than 50 persons injured, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, sent a telegram of condolences to his British departmental counterpart Boris Johnson, today (23 May).
  • 23.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Building security and stability by fostering positive dialogue within regional cooperation was the leading topic today (23 May) of the two-day Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability that was attended by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, upon invitation from his Greek counterpart. While the past year’s first edition of the conference featured discussions primarily about combatting terrorism and extremism, strengthening inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, and migration, where the participants acknowledged the need to strengthen cross-border projects and mutual communication, this year’s gathering launched its deliberations today with a symbolical minute of silence to remember the victims of the British Manchester terror attack, followed by practical actions such as establishing a working group for assessment of the opportunities to create a common security zone based on international experience in various formats of regional cooperation.
  • 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.