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State Secretary Parízek holds working consultations in Madrid

State Secretary Parízek holds working consultations in Madrid

10.5.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

On 9-10 May, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, paid a working visit to Madrid with the objective of political consultations with Ildefonso Castro, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain. The address given by Parízek at the prestigious Spanish think-tank INCIPE (The Institute of International Affairs and Foreign Policy) entitled "OSCE and its Upcoming Slovakia´s Chairmanship” involved 48 participants from the academic community, military sector and diplomacy.  The discussion featured topics like security sector reform, improvement of cooperation within the OSCE and current international issues.


During the talks the partners highlighted the traditionally good and friendly relations between the two countries, reinforced by close standpoints on the key European and foreign policy issues (cohesion policy, independence of Kosovo, and the EU enlargement involving the Western Balkans countries). Castro also informed about the current internal political situation and the latest developments in Catalonia, while appreciating Slovakia´s support for the central government in Madrid.  He also highlighted the excellent cooperation in mutual support of candidacies in international organizations.  The talks were dominated by the preparations for the annual conference of the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Contact Group (Malaga, October 2018), currently chaired by the Slovak Republic. As for its topic, it will be the biggest ever OSCE conference on energy at the ministerial level, and is titled "Support of Economic Growth and Cooperation in the Mediterranean: the Importance of Energy" and it will be the culmination of the Slovakia´s Chairmanship.  The partners also exchanged views on current European topics such as migration, Brexit and the future of the EU.