Today (21 May 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, continued his trip to the region of Central Asia in his capacity of incumbent Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The second stop on his trip was Turkmenistan. In the metropolis of Ashkhabad, he met with his counterpart Rashid Meredov and the Speaker of the Turkmen Parliament (Mejlis) Gülşat Mämmedowa and was received by President Gurbangul Berdimuhamedov. Miroslav Lajčák acknowledged the current positive dynamics of cooperation in the region of Central Asia, including the Ashkhabad regional initiatives. He also expressed the OSCE’s interest in extending its activities in this country. “Our organisation has been active in Turkmenistan for more than two decades now. During this period, we have successfully collaborated in many areas -- the fight against global threats, the strengthening of public administration and the facilitating of cooperation in the area of trade and transport.
Deputy Prime Minister Raši and State Secretary Parízek Take Part in the Inauguration Ceremony of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Today, 20 May 2019, Richard Raši, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization and Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the MZVEZ SR and Special Representative for the Slovak Chairmanship in the OSCE took part in the inauguration of the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Miroslav Lajčák begins the Second Part of his Trip to the Central Asia Region by visiting Uzbekistan
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, began his four-day trip to the region of Central Asia by visiting Uzbekistan in his capacity as the acting Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the chairmanship of which Slovakia holds for the entire calendar year 2019. In Tashkent, the chief of Slovak diplomacy met with his counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and with Sodiq Safoyev, First Deputy-Chairperson of the Senate of the Uzbek Parliament (Oliy Majlis).
Minister Lajčák in Estonia speaks on the Future of the EU and Expectations for the European Parliament Elections
On 17 and 18 May, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic visited the Estonian city of Tallin. Minister Lajčák congratulated his new counterpart Urmas Reinsalu on his entry into public service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. During the bilateral meeting, the partners primarily discussed issues related to the strengthening of mutual economic cooperation and current European issues. They also talked about regional security in relation to Slovakia’s current chairmanship of the OSCE. In this regard, Minister Lajčák noted the resolution of the situation in Ukraine as a priority issue of our interest. They agreed that it is necessary that the EU provides strong support to Ukraine, and that Ukraine’s transformation to a stable and prosperous country is important to both sides.
Current political issues linked to security and democracy, the key role of democracy, human rights and the rule of law when it comes to conflict resolution were the themes resonating during the 129th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe which was presided over by Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland -- the host country. The Slovak Republic was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.