The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Sofia
Today, 31st January 2020, after demanding negotiations, the will of the citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, taken in the referendum in 2016, shall be fulfilled.
On the second day (25 October 25) of his official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák was presented with a doctor honoris causa degree by Statty Statev, the Rector of the prestigious University of National and World Economy in Sofia. In his address, the chief Slovak diplomat emphasized that he has a very close relation to Bulgaria and is emotionally tied to it since he studied Bulgarian, as well as the history, culture and life of the country at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and in the fifth year of his studies he had a three-month internship at the Czechoslovak Embassy in Sofia. Since then the two countries have gone through a great journey that started back behind the Iron Curtain and where now we are partners in the European Union and NATO.
Slovakia’s support for the ambitions of Bulgaria to join the euro zone, the Schengen area, as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – these were among the topics of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák’s official two-day visit to Bulgaria , which started today (24 October 2019) in Sofia.
“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.