Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (16 October 2018) Andor Dávid, the new Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) from Hungary, who took office in August this year. They mainly discussed the focus of the fund´s activities for the next three years when Dávid will hold this office. In this regard the Executive Director presented the priorities for his activities, lying in increasing the number and quality of projects, continuing in the geographic orientation to the Western Balkan countries and those of the Eastern Partnership, as well as in the efforts for acquiring new external partners and donors for the fund. Minister Lajčák expressed his support for the planned activities of the new IVF Executive Director, as well as the conviction that the joint efforts will help to make the fund´s projects even more attractive. He also expressed the wish that the fund’s activities also reflect the current agenda of Slovakia´s Presidency of the Visegrad Group. “It is necessary that the projects are especially focused on youth, mobility, innovations and startups,” stated Lajčák, appreciating the existing IVF activities not only within the V4 countries but also in the above-mentioned regions of the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (16 October 2018) the directors of Slovak Institutes. In the interactive discussion with them he evaluated the activities of Slovak Institutes abroad and emphasized the importance of using the cultural dimension as an important instrument and an integral part of Slovak diplomacy. He deemed important the close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, as well as many other cultural and educational institutions, which contribute to the wide spectrum of presentations and promotion of Slovakia.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (16 October 2018) Amr Wafik El-Henawy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt, on the occasion of him ending his diplomatic mission to Slovakia. Minister Lajčák was pleased to state that the relations between the two countries are friendly and appreciated the Ambassador of Egypt for his activities geared toward developing mutual cooperation. However, he also recalled that within the bilateral relations there is an open issue vis-à-vis returning the children abducted from their mothers in Slovakia pursuant to the decisions of the Egyptian courts. “You participated in the successful realization of several bilateral political, economic and cultural activities, including the organization of business missions to Egypt and Slovakia,” stated Lajčák in this regard as he awarded the Ambassador with the Golden Plaque of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, today (16 October 2018), who is officially visiting the Slovak Republic. They discussed current developments in the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly. This oldest pan-European organization, grouping 47 countries, is facing several challenges at the present time. Lajčák and the Secretary-General agreed on the need for preserving the pan-European character of the organization. “We both believe that the member countries will find a political solution to the present crisis, which must not, however, be to its detriment and weaken its principles and values, especially in the time when we are going to jointly commemorate its 70th anniversary.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxemburg today (15 October 2018). The heads of European diplomacies discussed the external aspects of migration, also in the follow up to the informal summit of the heads of states and governments in Salzburg in September this year. nMinister Lajčák underlined the importance of implementing the conclusions of the June European Council, adding that FAC also plays its role in this regard. He pointed to the importance of cooperation between the IOM (the International Organization for Migration) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in preparing new instruments, such as disembarkation platforms. He also called for supporting the Global Compact for Migration, adopted at the UN General Assembly. The FAC also discussed the preparations for the conference about Libya organized by Italy in Palermo on 12-13 November 2018. They agreed on the need for clear and strong support for the efforts made by Ghassan Salamé, UN Secretary General Special Representative for Libya. The EU has geared its efforts towards unifying political forces in the country. It is important that presidential and parliamentary elections take place as soon as necessary prerequisites are formed.