Lajčák at meeting with Szijjártó: “I wish to acknowledge the important role that Hungary plays in relation to the issue of water on the global level .“
Water is an irreplaceable pillar for the preservation of human life and as such is a significant element in the agenda of sustainable development – the so-called “Agenda 2030”. The new Water Action Decade 2018-2028 is a platform which should provide for the enhancement of cooperation and partnership at all levels while using scientific knowledge for finding effective solutions to problems related directly or indirectly to water (access to drinking water, pollution of water sources, irrigation, fighting drought – desertification, etc.). Miroslav Lajčák, Chairman of the 72nd UN General Assembly and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, agreed on this today, 21 March. Originally, they were both scheduled to deliver a speech on this topic at the UN high-level event in New York, however, owing to unfavourable weather conditions and the related air traffic complications on the way from and to the US, they opted for holding the negotiation in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Bratislava.
Parízek with ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenia on more intense dialogue between the Slovak Republic and countries of Central Asia
On 20 March 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs met with the accredited ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenia with the aim to continue an active political dialogue between the Slovak Republic and these countries of Central Asia. Parízek stated that the current meeting is a follow-up to the meeting of ministers of the V4 and Central Asian countries in Budapest, and a continuation of an interactive dialogue the aim of which is to identify potential areas of cooperation with the Central Asian region in the context of the newly-drafted EU strategy on Central Asia.
Today (20th March), the Council of the EU for General Affairs dealt with the proposal of conclusions of the EU Council meeting that will be held at the end of the week in Brussels. At the GAC meeting, the Slovak delegation was led by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. One of the key issues to be negotiated by leaders on Thursday is international trade “which, for us, is a source of growth and jobs. That is also the reason why we consider the announced action to introduce import tariffs by the US unfounded from the economic viewpoint, moreover such action is going to harm us also politically. A spiral of counter-measures is the last thing we need,” stated Korčok. Korčok also confirmed support to currently held negotiations of Commissioner Malmström in Washington on an exemption for the EU as a whole.
State Secretary Parízek: Priorities of the Slovak Presidency in the Mediterranean Contact Group result from listening to our partners
“The OSCE´s Mediterranean Partnership for Co-operation is becoming more and more important and dynamic. Its political profile is growing, as well as the scope of the tangible cooperation in all three dimensions of the OSCE,” stated Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Special Representative of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister for the Slovakia´s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, on Monday (19 March) during the opening meeting of the Mediterranean Contact Group (MCG) under the Slovak Presidency at the OSCE premises in Vienna. He also called upon all the participating OSCE countries and partners to reinforce the mutual cooperation in an atmosphere of open dialogue.
From 19 to 23 March 2018, an evaluation mission of experts of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the aim of which is to assess the development cooperation system in the Slovak Republic, is being held in Bratislava. Since Slovakia joined the OECD/DAC in September 2013 this is to be the first comprehensive evaluation of the development cooperation system in Slovakia. The assessors from the OECD's Development Co-operation Directorate and from the OECD member countries – Finland and Iceland – were received at the Ministry by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on 19 March 2018. He informed them about the global engagement of the Slovak Republic in development cooperation, current challenges and results achieved.