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State Secretary Parízek in Kyiv on relations with Ukraine and regional security

State Secretary Parízek in Kyiv on relations with Ukraine and regional security

12.4.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and special representative of the ministry for Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE, visited Kyiv on Thursday, 12 April 2018.  During the meeting with his diplomatic partner, Vasyľ Bodnár, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ukraine, he dealt with a wide spectrum of bilateral issues, regional security and international topics.

 


Both partners assessed bilateral relations as well as cooperation in the area of trade and economy between the two countries. They also talked about Slovakia’s preparation for its upcoming presidency of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). As part of it, they discussed the situation in Donbas and the Minsk process.
 

State Secretary Parízek expressed support to the continuation and progress of reforms in the country, underlining in particular the fight against corruption and creating an appropriate investment environment.

 

“Ukraine is our neighbour, and it is in Slovakia’s essential interest that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will be maintained. It is necessary to use the momentum of Slovakia’s assuming the presidency over V4 this year and over OSCE next year in order to support activities of joint interest,” said Parízek. The state secretary added that Slovakia is interested in the enhancement of economic cooperation with Ukraine. Our trade relations have been stabilized – it is necessary to keep up this positive trend and increase mutual trade turnover.
 

As part of preparations for Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE in 2019 Parízek also visited the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Kyiv where he met with the Head of Mission, ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan and his team.
 

Discussions between Parízek and the Head of the EU Delegation, Hugues Mingarelli, focused on issues related to European integration of Ukraine and implementation of the Association Agreement/DCTA.


To conclude his visit, State Secretary Parízek handed humanitarian assistance in the amount of €25,000 to a Ukrainian NGO allocated for the Child Clinic that is located close to the battlefront of the conflict zone in the Luhansk area of Ukraine.