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31 March

Minister Lajčák: Cooperation with Turkey is excellent but we can make it even better

Bratislava (31 March) – Further development of political relations, cooperation in the foreign policy area, in economic areas, cooperation in science and research, defence and energy were the key topics of the meeting between Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and Volkan Bozkir, Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Their meeting was held within the official visit of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to Slovakia who was accompanied by both ministers. In the area of foreign policy, Slovakia perceives Turkey as an important partner and an influential player in a region that has not been spared of turbulence and conflicts. Minister Lajčák appreciated the contribution by Turkey in managing the wave of Syrian refugees and the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis. In discussion with Minister Çavuşoğlu, he also touched upon the delicate issue of relations between Turkey and Cyprus, the situation in Ukraine, the Balkans and energy security. Minister Lajčák, with regard to Slovak-Turkish cooperation, stated there is an excellent standard of relations between both countries: “We are interested in maintaining this high standard of bilateral relations and making it stronger. The same applies to economic cooperation; the volume of our trade exchange has increased six times in the past decade, and there still is space for further increase. In the future we clearly want to build on cooperation in science, research and modern technologies. We will also seek to intensify our cooperation in energy, defence and education,” stated Minister Lajčák. A joint innovation and technology forum composed of Slovak and Turkish experts that was discussed by both ministers at their December meeting in Ankara has already acquired a specific shape and the forum is scheduled to open on 14 May in Istanbul. Minister Lajčák also informed his partners that the long-discussed idea of establishing a Turkish military cemetery with a monument to the World War I soldiers who died in Slovakia is reaching its final stage. Both partners, in addition, were in agreement about holding a meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) and Turkey in May this year, this time in Turkey in Antalya. “Turkey and the V4 are interested in a more intensive dialogue and we certainly want to continue along this trend during Slovakia’s presidency of the V4,” emphasized Minister Lajčák. Minister Lajčák, in discussion with Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir, then focused on the issues of Turkey’s integration process with the EU and expressed an assurance that Slovakia will continue being a supporter of the EU enlargement policy, which is one of the most successful policies of the Union. EU enlargement also fosters stabilization and development of countries close to the EU, and at the present time of scepticism, this approach needs to be revitalized. Minister Lajčák reiterated Slovakia’s readiness to continue providing diplomatic auspices for the dialogue between political parties of both communities in Cyprus, stating that Slovakia perceives its efforts as a contribution towards a settlement, with the country serving as an impartial partner in the settlement of the Cyprus issue.

Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szíjjártó.

30 March

Slovakia and Hungary: Contact frequency reflects quality of relations

“The relations between Slovakia and Hungary are balanced, based on pragmatic cooperation and a positive agenda,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, after talks in Budapest today (30 March). Within his official visit to Hungary he was received by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and held key talks with his departmental counterpart Péter Szijjártó. “This is our third get-together this month and I am pleased to be able to say that the frequency of our contact is directly proportionate to the quality of our relations,” commented Minister Lajčák while noting that bilateral relations in the recent period have been the best.

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27 March

Slovakia and Columbia: Similar dynamics and ambitions, with very close views

Bogota (27 March 2015) – “We consider Columbia as a close ally and partner of Slovakia and the entire European Union and we are interested in expanding mutual cooperation,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Bogota during his official visit to Columbia. “It is only natural that dynamic and ambitious countries such as ours, seek to do more together both in the political and economic areas,” emphasized Minister Lajčák after talks with his Columbian departmental counterpart, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, in which they agreed that the existing potential for bilateral relations is still not fully used.

Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mauro Vieir.

26 March

Minister Lajčák in Brazil: Revitalising contacts and a specific new investment in Slovakia

Brazil (26 March) – Slovakia and Brazil will intensify their political dialogue as well as cooperation on economic projects. This was agreed on by the foreign ministers of both countries during their talks in the capital city Brasília. “Our relations have significant untapped potential and there is willingness to use that potential by both parties,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, after the talks with his departmental counterpart Mauro Vieira, the country’s Vice-President Michel Temer, and with parliamentarians. This was the first visit in 17 years by a Slovak foreign minister to the largest country in South America.

Ilustračné foto/Illustration photo: ČTK

24 March

Minister Lajčák sends telegram of condolences regarding the air tragedy in the French Alps

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today (24 March) sent telegrams of condolences to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany and to José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, regarding the victims of the crash of an Airbus 320 plane in the French Alps, with 148 people on board.

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