Korčok: “In the time of conflicts and instability, it is our obligation to maintain a firm transatlantic alliance”
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok wrapped up his working visit to the USA on Friday (22 September) with two bilateral meetings at the US Department of State. In talks with Sue Saarnio, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Korčok confirmed the negative stance of Slovakia towards the announced construction of the North Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipeline and argued for continuing in cooperation in diversification of energy resources, including the import of the liquefied natural gas to Europe and its further distribution within the European Union. “We continue to perceive the NS2 as a project that does not promote the energy security of Europe, as this is still the same source of gas. At the same time Slovakia is actively engaged in preserving the gas supplies via the corridor from Russia through Ukraine to Europe, and other Central and Eastern European countries,” said the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry in this regard. Then they exchanged views on some EU issues.
In the immediate reaction to the British Prime Minister Theresa May´s speech delivered in Florence today (22 September), State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok held a telephone call in the early evening from Washington with Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit. As it was said during their call, May chose a constructive tone, which attests to the efforts to make major steps as soon as possible and agree on the conditions of the UK leaving the EU. “
Korčok in Washington, D.C.: “If there is something Europe urgently needs, it’s a strong foreign policy”
The Visegrad Group is a grouping of four countries with a long list of successful projects involving pragmatic cooperation – a platform that has been tested over many years. This grouping has also survived the entry of all four into the European Union because we have never felt that the V4 ties us as a corset. This was said by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (21 September 2017) at the CEPA Forum conference, which is an annual event on current developments in Central Europe and its relations with the USA.
President of the 72nd UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák met with President of the United States of America Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday (19 September) and talked about UN reform, the Middle East Peace Process, migration, human rights, DPRK, US-Russia relations, as well as drug trafficking in the world. They agreed that the UN should focus primarily on people. In this context Lajčák underlined the importance of the US support in implementing the UN reforms. As for human rights, the talks focused on the work of the UN Human Rights’ Council (HRC).
Korčok at UN General Assembly: “Slovakia is assuming its share of responsibility for international development, peace and human rights”
Together with the President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok today (19 September) attended the opening of the plenum of the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York and the meeting with incumbent President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák. As for the speech of the Slovak President at the UN General Assembly, Korčok considers the challenge to come back to the principles and values defining the UN at its birth - peace and security as basic prerequisites for creating a healthy, prosperous and just society for everyone on this planet, which is also the focus selected for the 72nd General Assembly by its President Lajčák - to be essential.