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Miroslav Lajčák Meets with His Partner in Ankara

Miroslav Lajčák Meets with His Partner in Ankara

7.2.2020 | Aktivity ministra |

The second day (February 7, 2020) of the visit of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Turkey was marked by a meeting of the chiefs of the two diplomatic services. The ministers dealt with a wide spectrum of issues related to the bilateral relations of Slovakia and Turkey – from economic cooperation, energy, cultural exchange to the mutual support of candidatures in international institutions. In this context, the chiefs of diplomacy highlighted the two countries’ cooperation within the framework of NATO and the UN. The relations between the EU and Turkey were part of a broad discussion. As for the regional themes, the talks focused on the current developments in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including in Syria. “I would like to express my appreciation for the fact that Turkey has taken in almost four million refugees, mainly from Syria, which means that it is performing a huge service with regard to humanitarian aid in this uneasy situation,” stated Miroslav Lajčák. The Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu concluded that there has been tension between Turkey and the EU and expressed an interest in extending communication regarding controversial issues such as the situation concerning Ankara’s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the EU’s decision to adopt sanctions against Turkey. The ministers did not avoid discussing the fight against ISIL, migration, cooperation in the area of security, relations with the US and Russia, and the situation in Libya. They also discussed the activities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which Slovakia chaired last year. Miroslav Lajčák thanked his partner for his cooperation during the chairmanship, including experts‘ assistance. In this context, the Minister acknowledged the professional work of the Turkish diplomats who hold demanding positions in the OSCE regions afflicted by crises. 
  

Minister Lajčák gave to his Turkish partner a symbolic check of 20,000 euros as a contribution for the victims of the devastating earthquake which took place in the Elaziğ Province in the east of the country several days ago. He also expressed his condolences regarding other disasters that have afflicted Turkey in recent days (the airplane crash in Istanbul, the avalanche). In the afternoon, the chief Slovak diplomat left by airplane for Antalya, which is a birthplace and, at the same time, the home constituency of the chief Turkish diplomat. The agenda of the working visit is to continue there in the evening and tomorrow.