The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok met today (7 November) with Adam Sterling, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Slovakia, at the Slovak the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry to discuss the current bilateral and international issues. Following up on Korčok´s September visit to Washington, D.C., they stated that the strengthening of the political dialogue remains the priority of Slovak diplomacy. “The anniversaries of the Czech-Slovak legacy and the Slovak-US relations to be commemorated next year represent an excellent opportunity to intensify our practical cooperation and mutual contacts. We can take stock of not only the 25 years since establishing the diplomatic relations but also advance our cooperation in the areas with the greatest potential further,” highlighted the State Secretary.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok wrapped up his working visit to the USA on Friday (22 September) with two bilateral meetings at the US Department of State. In talks with Sue Saarnio, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Korčok confirmed the negative stance of Slovakia towards the announced construction of the North Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipeline and argued for continuing in cooperation in diversification of energy resources, including the import of the liquefied natural gas to Europe and its further distribution within the European Union. “We continue to perceive the NS2 as a project that does not promote the energy security of Europe, as this is still the same source of gas. At the same time Slovakia is actively engaged in preserving the gas supplies via the corridor from Russia through Ukraine to Europe, and other Central and Eastern European countries,” said the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry in this regard. Then they exchanged views on some EU issues.
The Visegrad Group is a grouping of four countries with a long list of successful projects involving pragmatic cooperation – a platform that has been tested over many years. This grouping has also survived the entry of all four into the European Union because we have never felt that the V4 ties us as a corset. This was said by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (21 September 2017) at the CEPA Forum conference, which is an annual event on current developments in Central Europe and its relations with the USA.
On June 15, 2017 the Embassy of the Slovak Republic presented the art exhibit „Born in Slovakia“ featuring visual artist IURRO. Slovak jazz singer Hanka Gregusova with American jazz pianist Anthony Wonsey has opened the exhibit. Hanka performed songs that pay tribute to Slovak folklore, as well as songs from her latest record „Twin Flame“.
Consulate General of Slovakia took part at the European Literature Night (ELN) on June 2, 2017 in New York.