Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO in Brussels
“The dynamics of foreign policy events pushes us to continue maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our foreign service,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his concluding remarks delivered at the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. As he clarified, demands on multilateral political, consular and economic dimensions of foreign policy are high, and therefore it is important to continue to deliver consistently. “I wish to thank you for always having the interests of the Slovak Republic and its citizens in mind while carrying out your tasks,” emphasized the head of the Slovak diplomatic service, addressing the Slovak ambassadors as he was formally closing the four-day meeting.
Being received by the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputova was the most important item of the agenda of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (July 3, 2019) in Bratislava. “I took office with the idea that I wish to be an active president in the area of foreign policy among others. I will clearly and straightforwardly communicate our values and our interests and defend them, as I wish for Slovakia to be perceived as a confident country with its values firmly anchored. I will not be silent should our values be besmirched, or should there be confusing signals coming out of Slovakia or acts against our interests as a member of the EU and NATO. This is mainly what we discussed with the minister of foreign affairs Miroslav Lajčák and our ambassadors. I very much appreciate the work they do for Slovakia. I promise I will do everything I can so that they can be proud of Slovakia and have good conditions for their demanding work. I want our diplomatic service to continue to be respected and of quality,” proclaimed the Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová.
“I appreciate that in part owing to the national brand we are seen today much more positively abroad,” stated the Minister of Foreign and Euroepan Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, referring to the results of the prestigious ranking “FutureBrand Country Index 2019” in which Slovakia has moved up 24 places since 2014.
Economic diplomacy, development aid and cooperation with the business sector at home and abroad were the three dominant themes of the second day of the standard meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (2 July 2019) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Bratislava. “Economic diplomacy, development aid and generally coordinating activities with the business sector are one of the main tasks of the heads of diplomatic missions,” the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, said as he welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization Richard Raši and the Minister of Economy Peter Žiga.
Today (2 July 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart William Peach. The partners discussed the existing security situation in Europe and the plans of NATO to strengthen its readiness for current cyber and hybrid threats. The chairman of the Military Committee appreciated the Slovak Republic’s effort to increase its defence expenditure, and the ongoing modernisation of Slovakia’s armed forces. He also highlighted the importance of the unity of allies and the ability to speak the same language. “I do appreciate that NATO has goals that are clearly defined, and has been fulfilling them systematically. At the same time, NATO has been adapting to new challenges, which makes it a success story,” stated Miroslav Lajčák. Both officials assessed the situation in Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Western Balkans. They also gave attention to the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship. The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is participating in the Military Leaders Conference, at the invitation of the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces. The conference is being organized by the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces.