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V4 Foreign Affairs Ministers Meet their Counterparts from Eastern Partnership countries

V4 Foreign Affairs Ministers Meet their Counterparts from Eastern Partnership countries

6.5.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a V4

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák today (6 May 2019) welcomed the delegation of foreign affairs ministers from the V4 and the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) under the aegis of Slovakia’s Presidency of the Visegrad Four (V4). The meeting, that was historically held on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Eastern Partnership Program, was also attended by other guests - Teodor Viorel Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, who is currently chairing the Council of the EU, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for the European Neighborhood Policy and the EU Enlargement Negotiations, as well as Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General of the European External Action Service.

 

“Our objective as the organizers of the event was to contribute to the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership and also to initiate an open and constructive discussion about its future,” stated the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lajčák. He also underlined that stable and prosperous neighbors represent a strategic interest from the EU’s point of view. The Slovak Republic has long regarded the Eastern Partnership to be a successful policy of the European Union and is interested in it continuing to be among its priorities.

 

The ministers agreed that the EU cooperation with the partnership countries has brought several positive results, is beneficial for both sides, and contributes to strengthening the trust among the involved parties. They also supported the idea that the basis of the Eastern Partnership would continue to be inclusivity, differentiation, conditionality and respect of common values. Its objectives must be ambitious, comprehensive and at the same time real.

 

The ministers negotiated about the future objectives of the Eastern Partnership. In this context they touched upon interpersonal contacts, economic development, connectivity, building infrastructure, energy and regional security.

 

The heads of diplomacy of the V4 countries pointed to the necessity of continuing with the implementation of reforms, which are the only way to the stability and prosperity of the Eastern Partnership countries. In this regard they attested to their willingness and readiness to provide all necessary assistance.

 

At the end of the talks the V4 ministers adopted a joint statement on the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

 

Lajčák also held bilateral talks with his Moldovan counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Tudor Ulianovschi. Together they assessed the current development in the country after the February parliamentary elections and expressed their interest in further deepening the bilateral relations between the countries. They also assessed the opportunities for the realization of further concrete measures in Moldova by the Slovak Republic in the context of the OSCE Chairmanship.

 

The photographs from the meeting are available at Flickr MZVEZ SR