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Lajčák received Apostolic Nuncio to Slovakia Monsignor Giordana

Lajčák received Apostolic Nuncio to Slovakia Monsignor Giordana

21.11.2014 | Aktivity ministra |

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák met with Apostolic Nuncio to the Slovak Republic Monsignor Mario Giordana at the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry today (November 21, 2014). Their talks revolved around current mutual relations between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See, with a special focus on preparations for signing the agreement on mutual recognition of education certificates. „I believe that our joint efforts will help us successfully wrap up the process involving expert discussions so that the new international agreement can be ready to sign,” stated the Minister Lajčák.

They agreed that the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See to be commemorated next year serves as an excellent opportunity to evaluate at the top level the outcomes of the mutual cooperation and identify possibilities for its further development. „New prospects for deepening the dialogue are emerging with the upcoming Presidency of the Slovak Republic of the Council of the European Union – as well as the dialogue concerning the state and the Catholic Church in Slovakia,” Lajčák said. In this regard, he appreciated the interest of the Bishops´ Conference of Slovakia in participating in the activities of the working groups Current Challenges of the Integration and the 2016 Slovak Presidency within the National Convent on the European Union. They also touched upon some aspects of executing pastoral care provided by the Ordinariate of the Armed Forces and Armed Units of the Slovak Republic established based on the Basic Treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See. Minister Lajčák especially highlighted pastoral care of Slovak soldiers by the Ordinariate chaplains in the highly demanding conditions of peacekeeping missions.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Lajčák asked him to convey to Mons. Dominique Mamberti sincere thanks for the excellent cooperation in developing relations between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See in his office of Secretary for Relations with States, and sincere congratulations on his nomination to the function of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. He also wished much success to the newly appointed head of diplomacy of the Holy See Mons. Paul Richard Gallagher and expressed the conviction that he might pay a visit to Slovakia soon.