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Miroslav Lajčák together with Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Officially Open the New Consulate-General in New York

Miroslav Lajčák together with Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Officially Open the New Consulate-General in New York

11.12.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Yesterday (10 December 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, symbolically launched the opening of the new building of the Consulate-General of the Slovak Republic in New York. Thus, after gaining its independence in 1993, Slovakia has lived to see its own separate building owned by the state which can serve the citizens of the Slovak Republic as well as compatriots living in the biggest city of the United States of America. “I am proud that the Slovak state flag will finally be flying at the Slovak Consulate-General in Manhattan. I trust that the new premises will become a dignified centre for the community of Slovaks living in New York and its surroundings. Our citizens and compatriots will have the possibility of addressing us with confidence, be it with consular issues or when seeking support for projects aimed at the presentation of Slovakia abroad,” stated Minister Lajčák.


The chief Slovak diplomat together with the Prime Minister were received by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The meeting primarily focused on issues related to climate change, the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the current developments in Europe. With regards to the results of the Climate Summit, the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic informed his partners about the commitment of the Slovak Republic to stop using coal for the production of electricity by 2023 and to stop its extraction by 2027. He also said that the Slovak Republic has signed up to initiative to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050, and from 2030 would like to allocate another 2,5 billion euros to investments related to the fight against the climate change. 


In his capacity of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Minister Lajčák also signed yesterday a Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the two organisations which will replace the current agreement dating from 1993. The successful conclusion of negotiations on the upgrade of this document is another specific, positive result of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE. Miroslav Lajčák at the same time expressed his belief that the signing of the framework agreement will strengthen the position of the international organisations when seeking solutions to crises in the world. 


Miroslav Lajčák also met with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Building Peace, Rosemary A. DiCarlo. He informed her about the current developments in the OSCE area, with special emphasis on Ukraine. The partners evaluated the results of the Normandy Four group in Paris.  


The chief Slovak diplomat also met with Slovaks who work in the UN structures; he acknowledged their contribution to the building of a positive image of the Slovak Republic abroad as well as to the strengthening of the role of multilateralism as part of international relations.