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Lajčák Pays Official Visit to Latvia

Lajčák Pays Official Visit to Latvia

31.1.2020 | Aktivity ministra |

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held a series of negotiations today (31 January 2020) during his official visit to Latvia, to which he was invited by his counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs. In addition to the further development of bilateral relations, the ministers also discussed trans-Atlantic cooperation, the security agenda, as well as European topics, especially in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the EU that is scheduled for midnight tonight.  The two heads of diplomacy agreed that it is in the interest of Brussels that London remains a strategic ally and a close partner of the European Union in the context of international relations. “In any case we cannot talk about winners and losers in this process,” stated the chief Slovak diplomat.  With his Latvian partner Lajčák also agreed that for the future of the European Union, the cooperation of the Berlin-Paris tandem is important. Lajčák and Rinkēvičs then discussed the opportunities for deepening the cooperation at international organizations, while they agreed that multilateralism is an effective tool of foreign policy and that it is important to pay closer attention to it, especially at a time when multipolarity is becoming more and more prominent in the world. The ministers also devoted a large part of the discussions to the relations with Russia, as well as developments in Ukraine and Belarus. 

 

Minister Lajčák also talked with Inara Mūrniece, Speaker of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), today.  They especially concentrated on the situation in the Eastern Partnership countries. Lajčák underlined mainly the activities of the Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) last year, which focused on supporting the inhabitants in the regions affected by conflicts. The Slovak Minister was also received by President Egils Levits, with whom he primarily discussed the need for strategic communication and building resilience in democratic societies in light of the rise of disinformation campaigns.

 

Lajčák also visited the military basis in Ādaži, where the members of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic are active. There he talked with Artis Pabriks, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, who highlighted the professionalism and preparedness of the members of the Slovak contingent.  Minister Lajčák thanked the Slovak soldiers for their work in the allied forces and expressed his appreciation for their positive representation of Slovakia in Latvia.