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Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at Conference “The Slovak National Interest”

Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at Conference “The Slovak National Interest”

7.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Today (November 7, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, delivered his remarks at the second year of the conference “The Slovak National Interest,” organized by the Mafra Publishing House. The chief Slovak diplomat was part of a panel focussing on the success stories that Slovakia has achieved since the Velvet Revolution. In this panel, speakers, such as the Prime Minister, Peter Pellegrini, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank Vazil Hudák and the ex-Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, also debated the challenges which the country has been facing. Miroslav Lajčák highlighted that Slovakia’s accession to the European Union and NATO were historic moments for our country. Today, they constitute fundamental pillars for our security and prosperity and serve as a value compass. In this regard, he recalled that the Slovak Republic has gone a very long way forward from the complicated times back in the nineties all the way to the very heart of the European Union. Over the past three years Slovakia has presided over all relevant organisations, which it is a member of. “I am personally convinced that today there is no better model for us than membership in the European Union,” stated Minister Lajčák. He also said that he’s been aware of the room for improvement that this prestigious club of European nations has had. He also added that the foreign policy direction is defined by geography and geopolitics, while adhering to the framework of values and national interest, which is more important than any party interests. The chief of Slovak diplomacy stated in this regard that he felt sorry for an ununified presentation of the Slovak foreign policy abroad. “It is undesirable to send mixed signals abroad depending on where we find ourselves and only to appeal to those whom we are talking to,” concluded the minister. He further emphasized that only with a unified interpretation and pursuit of the foreign policy interests of our state can Slovakia be a successful and trustworthy partner.