Minister Lajčák Attends the Foreign Affairs Council of EU in Brussels

Minister Lajčák Attends the Foreign Affairs Council of EU in Brussels

11.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (11 November 2019). On the program there was the agenda that was postponed to the current session from the October Council session in Luxembourg. At the beginning the European ministers discussed the political developments in Afghanistan in the context of the first round of presidential elections there and the cessation of the talks between the United States and the Taliban. The ministers agreed on the need to engage in the EU and Afghanistan. The prevailing opinion held that the prerequisite for a lasting peace solution in the country is mainly the internal Afghan dialogue. Several ministers also emphasized the need for the coordination of the EU’s activities with the USA.


The ministers then delved into the current development in the Persian Gulf. They expressed concerns about Iran failing to fully comply with the commitments ensuing from the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Iran’s nuclear deal, and agreed that these steps lead to an escalation of tensions in the region. They consider it important that Teheran fully and effectively cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) pursuant to the nuclear deal. The objective of the talks was to search for opportunities to comply with the JCPoA, as well as to identify the steps that the EU could make to contribute to the de-escalation of the situation in the region. The member countries agreed that the EU should be more active in the search for opportunities to create a regional dialogue in the Gulf. 


Today the European ministers also met with the new Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok, who informed them about the situation in the country. The EU chief diplomats assured the Prime Minister of Sudan of their support and promised the EU’s engagement in the process of the stabilization and transformation of the country. The European Commission and ministers of several member states also promised immediate financial aid to the Prime Minister of this state that was long torn by conflict. 


The Ministers also talked about the current developments in Venezuela, Libya, Hong Kong, and the protests in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Lajčák invited his ministerial counterparts to the session of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava (5-6 December 2019). 


The head of Slovak diplomacy also talked today with Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission, about core challenges ahead of the future Commission in Brussels. At the end of the working day he opened an exhibition of photographs and posters on the thirty anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in the building of the European Commission, which was organized by the Slovak and Czech embassies in Belgium. In his address Lajčák also highlighted the non-violent character of the events of November 1989, as well as the fact that the desire for freedom and the integration in democratic Europe managed to extraordinarily unify people in the former Czechoslovakia.