Minister Lajčák Hopes for Stability on the Korean Peninsula

Minister Lajčák Hopes for Stability on the Korean Peninsula

8.2.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Today (8 February 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic received Chung Byung Hwa, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Slovakia, on the occasion of the beginning of his diplomatic mission in Slovakia.


The partners concluded with an expression of their satisfaction that bilateral relations have been developing positively, without outstanding issues and with a high frequency of mutual contacts. One example of this development was the first ever official visit of the president of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, to the Republic of Korea in April 2018.  Miroslav Lajčák said that Korea is the most significant Asian investor in Slovakia, given that there are more than one hundred Korean companies here. He added that the mutual economic cooperation should also be translated into other areas, such as modern IT technology, science and innovation. In November last year, the first meeting of the Inter-Governmental Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation took place in Seoul with the intention of boosting mutual trade and economic relations. It focused on cooperation in the area of trade, investment, industry (particularly the automotive industry), transport, and research and development.


The Minister and the Ambassador discussed possible high-level joint activities, including a cooperation within the Visegrad 4 + Korea format, a strategic partnership between the EU and the Republic of Korea, and a cooperation of Slovakia and the Republic of Korea with regard to supporting each other’s candidatures in international organisations.


Ambassador Chung Byung acknowledged the active engagement of the Slovak Republic at multilateral forums of several organisations, such as the OSCE, the OECD, the EU, and the UN, and informed Mr. Lajčák about the current developments on the Korean peninsula. “I wish to acknowledge the role of South Korea and the effort of President Moon Jae-in in his pursuit of a diplomatic solution to relations between Seoul and Pyongyang. I very much wish that negotiations will lead to the achievement of sustainable peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” Minister Lajčák emphasized in this regard.


To conclude the meeting, the Head of Slovak diplomacy wished the Korean ambassador much success with regard to his diplomatic mission and its fulfilment.