The Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the Holy See
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received the Apostolic Nuncio designate of the Holy See to the Slovak Republic, Monsignor Giacomo Guido Ottonello, on the occasion of his assumption of office, today (6 July) in the premises of the diplomacy department. In the conversation the minister appreciated the personal engagement and professional approach by the departed Nuncio, Monsignor Mario Giordano, and expressed hope that the rich diplomatic experience of Ottonello will foster the ongoing development of the traditionally very good relations between the Slovak Republic and the Vatican. The new Apostolic Nuncio is an experienced diplomat who served for Vatican diplomatic missions in Pakistan, El Salvador, Lebanon, France, Spain, Poland, Panama and Ecuador.
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.
Bratislava (25 May) - At its Wednesday session in Bratislava, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved the nomination of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák for the post of UN Secretary-General. This was done in response to the invitation made by President of the UN General Assembly for the member states to nominate candidates with proven leadership and managerial abilities, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and multilingual skills for this post.
Bratislava (16 March) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák received Apostolic Nuncio to the Slovak Republic Monsignor Mario Giordana in Bratislava today and evaluated Slovak-Vatican cooperation. They especially focused on finalizing preparations for the agreement on mutual recognition of education certificates, which should make mobility of university graduates of both contractual parties easier. Furthermore, Minister Lajčák appreciated the cooperation and the attitude of the Catholic Church vis-à-vis the migration crisis – notably in case of the relocation of 149 Assyrian refugees from Iraq to Slovakia.
Bratislava (17 April) - Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Apostolic Nuncio Monsignor Mario Giordana today. Both partners evaluated the outcomes of the talks between the Minister and Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, during the recent official visit to the Vatican by Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic.