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Miroslav Lajčák in Talks with his Counterpart Jeremy Hunt and Other Partners

Miroslav Lajčák in Talks with his Counterpart Jeremy Hunt and Other Partners

17.12.2018 | Aktivity ministra |

Today (17 December 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic met with his British partner, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor, and with Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe. The main themes of the talks were Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the OSCE and the current state of developments with regards to Brexit. Minister Lajčák presented to the partners the priorities of the chairmanship that Slovakia has determined. “We are assuming the OSCE’s Chairmanship in an uneasy situation, specifically, in the aftermath of the incident in the Sea of Azov, and we wish to act as a constructive partner with the aim of encouraging all stakeholders to a dialogue,” stated the head of the Slovak diplomatic service. He added that the intention of the Slovak party is to de-escalate tension and help the people who have found themselves in need because of a conflict taking place in the participating states of the OSCE. In this context, the discussion focused on foreign policy themes related to the situation in the Ukraine, the countries of the Eastern Partnership and the region of the Western Balkans.

Lajčák and his partners agreed that there has been a need to safeguard the UK’s regulated withdrawal from the EU which will provide assurances to citizens and the business community. By contrast, a hard Brexit would result in serious economic and political damage. “We should be aware that the Withdrawal Agreement was born in tough negotiations. I believe firmly that the British parliament will endorse it. Of course, it will ultimately be the decision of your MPs that will need to be respected,” stated the Slovak minister in this regard. He added that despite the UK’s forthcoming departure from the EU, the United Kingdom remains one of Slovakia’s key partners, the proof of which is the level of British investments in our country, including the recent one of Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra.

In London, Minister Lajčák also visited the Centre for European Reforms, where he talked about current European issues with Charles Grant, Director of the NGO, and his colleagues.