Statement of Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on results of investigation into tragic flight MH-17
Slovakia takes the findings of the Joint Investigation Team’s investigation into the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with all due seriousness. We expect that responsibility will be drawn for this barbaric act that cost the lives of 298 people.
Today (24 May), Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, received in the premises of the ministry, Leszek Soczewica, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Polish Republic to the Slovak Republic, with seat in Bratislava, in recognition of the upcoming end of his mission in Slovakia.
Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met today (24 May) at the ministry with Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Their discussion focused on the current level of bilateral relations, cooperation in the area of defence, current developments in the Central European and EU regions as well as other international political issues, including trade relations, Iran, and developments in the Near East. “Slovakia fully shares the EU position on the nuclear agreement. It is in our common interest that Iran fulfils its commitments and that is why we wish that this agreement is retained. On the other hand, the whole debate on Iran is of a much wider scope and should not be limited only to the issue of the US withdrawing from the nuclear agreement. We should not be focusing only on differing positions of the United States and EU in this debate but also reflect upon what unites us in this matter. With the United States, we have a very similar perception of Iran’s activities in the Near East and its ongoing ballistic missile programme. The point now is that we need to mutually agree on how to prevent Iran from becoming the owner of a nuclear weapon,“ said Korčok.
On 23 May 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received a delegation of Azerbaijan members of parliament led by co-chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of Slovak-Azerbaijan Friendship, Shamsuddin H. Hajiyev.
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.