The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Ankara
Support for Turkey’s ambition to be integrated within the European Union was declared today (26 May) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, to his Turkish departmental counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is on a bilateral visit in Slovakia. “We very well remember how supportive Turkey was at the time of our integration within the North Atlantic alliance and today we are ready to assist Turkey to accomplish its goal and become a European Union member, with our experience and influence,” noted Lajčák while stating that his Turkish counterpart reiterated his country’s lasting interest in being integrated within the EU during their deliberations.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, expressed condolences to his Turkish counterparts, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Minister for EU Affairs Ömer Çelik with regard to attack at the Istanbul club Reina that claimed 39 lives and left 65 persons with injuries. Minister Lajčák strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed deep condolences to both counterparts: “At this difficult moment we stand on the side of the people of Turkey in our common fight against the threat of terrorism. Our thoughts are with the families of the innocent victims who lost their lives in this tragedy.”
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, has expressed condolences to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov about the attack on the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, and condemned his assassination. “The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic received the information about the assassination of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, with profound sadness. We are shocked and horrified over this act. It is an unprecedented act of violence that we strongly condemn. Nothing can excuse an attack on an ambassador. Diplomats are those who seek to maintain peace, not violence. Our sincere condolences belong to the ambassador’s family and his closest persons.”
Bratislava (1 December) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Slovak Republic Margarita Ganeva on the occasion of her leaving the diplomatic mission to Slovakia.
Brussels (14 November) – EU foreign ministers met on Monday in Brussels, at a regular meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), to discuss developments in the neighbouring and partner countries of the European Union. Ministers mainly focused on the situation in Turkey, the Eastern Partnership policy and finding solutions for conflicts in Syria and Libya.