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Lajčák attends the talks of EU and Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers and a regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

Lajčák attends the talks of EU and Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers and a regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

13.5.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Miroslav Lajčák, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the talks of the EU foreign affairs ministers and the heads of diplomacy from Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (13 May 2019). The ministerial meeting was devoted to the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Eastern Partnership policy. Its objective was to assess the results achieved in the ten years of this policy. The ministers also discussed the upcoming cooperation within the Eastern Partnership.  “Slovakia and the entire EU is highly interested in the Eastern Partnership region being a zone of stability and prosperity and the countries participating in this policy being able to efficiently and adequately react to internal and external challenges,” Lajčák stated. He also added that this is not possible to achieve without a consistent and rigorous implementation of social and economic reforms. He also said that the Slovak Republic is ready to share its own expertise from the transformation period. 

 

In its classic format, the FAC had two items on the agenda: Libya and the Sahel. Regarding Libya, the ministers delved into current developments in relation to the military intervention of the Libyan National Army concerning the capital city of Tripoli.  Lajčák expressed his support for the statement made by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who had called upon the immediate cessation of the fighting around Tripoli. “The situation in Libya cannot be solved militarily. The only sustainable solution involves a political one through dialogue which includes all the relevant parts of Libyan society,” emphasized the Slovak minister. He also expressed his support for the UN Secretary-General and his Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, in their efforts for achieving a peaceful solution in the country. 

 

As for the Sahel, the heads of European diplomacy discussed the joint messages and positions they would convey tomorrow at the meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers with representatives from the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger).  The Council adopted its Conclusions on Sahel and its Joint Statement on EU relations with Latin America and Caribbean:  “Joining Forces for a Common Future”.

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