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Minister Lajčák Attends the EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels

Minister Lajčák Attends the EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels

15.7.2019 | Aktivity ministra | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia

 

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the European Union in Brussels today (15 July 2019).  The ministers launched their agenda today with a discussion on Iran, including the current situation concerning the Iranian nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPoA) and the question of Teheran’s meeting its respective commitments.  They also analyzed the tensions in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. “We are interested in preserving the JCPOA and call upon Iran to adhere to its provisions since it is an important element in regional and global security,” emphasized Minister Lajčák; he also expressed the hope that Germany, France and Great Britain would succeed in achieving a solution such that Teheran does not withdraw from the deal. The head of Slovak diplomacy also drew attention to the importance and irreplaceability of the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the entire process.

 

The heads of diplomacy also delved into the developments in Iraq ensuing from the parliamentary elections last year.  They primarily focused on the process of forming a new government, as well as the efforts to help the country with political and economic reforms.  “We support the efforts made by the Iraqi Government geared towards the reconstruction of the country, including structural and economic reforms,” stated Lajčák. He also added that the Slovak Republic contributes to the training of the Iraqi Armed Forces in the context of the NATO mission, and thus Slovakia helps to maintain security in the country.    

 

The talks with the head of diplomacy of Moldova Nico Popescu concentrated on the current internal political situation in that country. This also served as an opportunity to express Slovakia’s support for the new government, especially vis-à-vis the justice reform and the implementation of the Association Agreement.  Lajčák appreciated the peaceful solution of the recent political and constitutional crisis in Moldova and expressed his support for the present government and its European ambitions; he also called upon the deoligarchization of the justice system.  “Slovakia is ready to continue providing aid to Moldova, including the transferring our expertise in the sphere of transformation,” stressed the head of Slovak diplomacy. He also stated his support for the further continuation of the talks aimed at solving the Transnistria conflict and detailed the role of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship in this direction.

 

The ministers also delved into the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) after the February peace deal, which represents the eighth attempt to stabilize the country.  The discussion led to the agreement that the expectations from the CAR government should be realistic.

 

The heads of European diplomacy also delved into external aspects of migration in the context of the recent disembarkation of migrants in the ports in Malta and Italy. In the discussion the need to solve the causes of migration primarily in the countries of origin was emphasized.  In this context Slovakia is further ready to contribute with its share to improving the social and economic situation in the affected countries.

 

The Council adopted conclusions regarding Iraq, Turkey's drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the priorities of the EU at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.