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Lajčák at the Annual Review Conference on Slovak Foreign Policy: “The world has never been so full of paradoxes as today“

Lajčák at the Annual Review Conference on Slovak Foreign Policy: “The world has never been so full of paradoxes as today“

11.4.2018 | Aktivity ministerstva | Aktivity ministra

Foreign policy has never been so turbulent, the world has never been so full of paradoxes as is the case today. Despite the fact that the number and range of conflicts in the world has been objectively decreasing, we have been literally witnessing live one of the most brutal conflicts in history that has been going on now for seven years in Syria – the siege of Aleppo or Eastern Ghouta has been lasting longer than the siege of Leningrad or Sarajevo. These were the words today (11 April) in the introductory remarks of Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, in opening the 18th year of the 17th Annual Review Conference on Slovak Foreign and European Policy held at the Ministry. “In addition to traditional topics related to foreign policy, security and development, many unexplored areas have been emerging, such as climate change or cyber threats. We need discussions, comparisons; we need to explore the know-how and seek partners also outside the traditional diplomatic community. Even though the conference bears the word “Review” in its title, today we are not only concerned with reflections of the past. We are exposing ourselves to a review mainly in order to be able to get ready for the demanding times of the future,“ stated Lajčák.
 
The review conference that is traditionally organized every year by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Slovak Society for Foreign Policy provides space for a review of the previous year regarding the country’s foreign and European policy, and at the same time is an excellent opportunity for discussing its further direction. Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, delivered a speech at the conference. Discussion panels will focus on 25 years of Slovak foreign policy as an independent state and also on diplomacy priorities, tools and communication.