In areas where the Visegrad countries can find common interest, they likewise try to find strategies for common action. The countries of this region are pursuing pragmatic collaboration that can help them jointly achieve more effective results than if they worked individually. This was one of the conclusions of the discussion about the future of Visegrad cooperation, which was the main topic of the second day (18 May) of the GLOBSEC international conference. The discussion among participants from the V4 countries was held by Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Martin Stropnický, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Levente Magyar, Parliamentary State Secretary from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Slovakia was represented by State Secretary Ivan Korčok, who spoke about further enhancement of V4 cooperation: “Slovakia endorses the strengthening of European integration – something that is natural for our country also because of the common currency. This is why we want to pursue the completion of the monetary union. We are pragmatic and do not have any ideological problems with increased collaboration as long as it makes sense. At the same time, we do not issue blank cheques for just any suggestions. Also, as part of the Slovak V4 presidency, we will work with our partners in areas where we can find meaningful solutions.
People tend to assign symbols to significant historical events or milestones. Looking one hundred years back, it can be said with certainty that one of the symbols of Slovak-American friendship is the legacy of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson whose visions for peace, support of free trade and open diplomacy based on equal respect to all nations regardless of their size contributed also to the birth of an independent and democratic Czechoslovakia. This was said today (18 May) by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the unveiling ceremony for a bust of the 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), when delivering his remarks at the Palugyay Palace Courtyard in the premises of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry. “Principles that Wilson believed in 100 years ago, such as the right of nations to self-determination, territorial integrity or compliance with international law remain relevant also today. What used to be Wilson’s visionary approach is today a global imperative. Unfortunately, in many cases, a very tested imperative,” said Lajčák who recapped that 2018 is a year of historical milestones, milestones that have been key for Slovakia’s fate. “On the way to an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks, a decisive role was undoubtedly also played by the friendly relations between Woodrow Wilson and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk who described the mutual friendship with the American people as follows: “Do not forget that we are forever connected with the same values, the same principles. Do not forget us and we will never forget you!”
The central topic of today’s (18 May 2018) 128th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which is its highest executive body, were the current challenges of democratic security in Europe and seeking answers to them. In the Danish city of Helsingor, the Slovak Republic was represented by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. The meeting, presided by the Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Anders Samuelsen, focused on the need to strengthen the political mandate of OSCE as the oldest pan-European organisation.
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and special representative of the foreign affairs minister of the Slovak Republic for Slovakia’s chairmanship of the OSCE held talks in Copenhagen today (17 May 2018) with Robert Montell, Secretary General of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. In the seat of the Parliamentary Assembly Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the partners discussed the current scene in the OSCE and possibilities of enhancement of relations between the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Slovakia, as the upcoming chairing country. The State Secretary also informed his partner about the state-of-play of preparations for the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE in 2019 and about the development of dialogue with the members of the Slovak National Council who are also members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. “Members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, who are at the same time members of national parliaments, have a unique opportunity and responsibility to be bearing and communicating the ideas of cooperative security that OSCE has been pursuing. The Slovak chairmanship wishes to accentuate and support this opportunity,” underscored Parízek.
On 16 May 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic held bilateral political consultations with an Indian delegation led by the Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar.