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Almost 30 Years post-Velvet Revolution, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Ružička, in Washington, Underlines Historical Meaning of 1989

Almost 30 Years post-Velvet Revolution, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Ružička, in Washington, Underlines Historical Meaning of 1989

23.9.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a V4 |

On Monday (23 September 2019) State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry František Ružička attended a conference of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) think-tank, entitled Transatlantic Anniversaries: Legacies and Unfinished Business.

 

The conference focused on foreign policy topics related especially to the Central Europe region, mutual relations with the USA, the structure of EU-US relations, current issues regarding developments in the Middle East, Iran, cyber security, and the challenges of building 5G infrastructure.

 

The State Secretary spoke on a panel together with the foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, (Tomáš Petříček) and Hungary (Péter Szijjártó) and a representative of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the conference, Ružička emphasized the need to make steps by strategical partners on both sides of the Atlantic more foreseeable, and highlighted the importance of transatlantic relations. Their common basis of value is of immense importance, notably in the year when we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Slovakia.  

 

 “Slovakia is a country deeply anchored in the transatlantic community,” stressed State Secretary Ružička.  “We need to develop cooperation, not fragment it. This cooperation must have a long-term vision reaching beyond election cycles.”  He added that it is necessary to concentrate on issues such as climate change and behavior in the environment of social media and the internet, as a place where hidden cyber confrontation is already taking place.

 

During his visit to Washington, Ružička laid a wreath at the tomb of the Czechoslovak diplomat of Štefan Osuský in the local Oak Hill Cemetery on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of his death (27 September 1973).