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Parízek Underlines the Importance of the Region for Security and Cooperation at the OSCE Mediterranean Conference in Tirana

Parízek Underlines the Importance of the Region for Security and Cooperation at the OSCE Mediterranean Conference in Tirana

24.10.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

The annual conference of the Mediterranean Contact Group (MCG), which is a part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), was launched in Tirana today (24 October 2019). The Slovak delegation at the conference is led by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship. he S0}

 

“The importance of the cooperation between the participating states of the OSCE and the neighboring region is increasing especially due to the rise in security threats that are not tied to a concrete state but rather have a cross-regional character. Everything we do in the OSCE region has an impact on the Mediterranean region and vice versa. The MCG and the OSCE partnership has great potential for a further progress,” Parízek said in his assessment of the importance of the cooperation in the Mediterranean region.

 

The Mediterranean Contact Group is a specialized format of the OSCE cooperation with six partner countries – Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.  This year the format celebrates its 25 year-anniversary and the annual conference is the top event of the Chairmanship. This year the Mediterranean Contact Group is being chaired by Albania, which took over the reins from Slovakia.

 

The conference program is divided in four basic parts with the introductory part evaluating the 25th anniversary of the work of the MCG. The participants discussed in a panel the joint efforts focused on countering terrorism, suppressing violent extremism and radicalization, with the emphasis on the support for the engagement of the youth in the process of a reinforced dialogue and cooperation in the Mediterranean. The last day of the conference is devoted to the link between the two shores of the Mediterranean – the role of connectivity, digitalization, economic growth, and sustainable development in the progress of the joint security in the region.

 

On the sidelines of the conference Parízek held talks with Péter Szijjártó, Foreign Affairs Minister of Hungary.

 

Parízek also visited the OSCE mission in Albania, where he learned about the mission’s activities and the implementation of projects.

 

On Friday (25 October) Parízek will attend the official opening of the school playground built from a microgrant from SlovakAid and will visit the Laura Vicuna center in the town of Tale, which is run by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco under the lead of the Slovak nun Sister Magdaléna Cerovská. Albania has been included in the mid-term strategy of Slovakia’s official development aid for 2019-2023, which is implemented especially through the transfer of experiences. Slovakia also provided Albania with humanitarian aid after the strong floods in December 2017 and September 2019.

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