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Lajčák Gives an Address at the Session of NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers in Washington, D.C.

Lajčák Gives an Address at the Session of NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers in Washington, D.C.

4.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO | Slovensko a V4 |

During his working visit to Washington, D.C., Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today (4 April 2019) attended a session of the NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. In his address, the head of Slovak diplomacy emphasized the general irreplaceability of the Alliance in the system of transatlantic security, as well as its special meaning for the defense of the Slovak Republic. The ceremonial atmosphere of the event was also underlined by the 15th (in case of Slovakia) or 20th anniversary of NATO membership for several countries. 

 

The allies, in addition to the ceremonial commemoration of the successful defense cooperation in the North Atlantic Alliance on the political and security map of the world since 1949, also confirmed that neither the transatlantic alliance nor American engagement in European defense can be called into question, and that NATO defense capacities are growing. “The efforts to undermine the security architecture that has been built and respected since World War II represent a challenge for the democratic community of the Alliance.  However, owing to the value orientation, long-term stability and prosperity of their member countries, NATO has the ability to adapt to the changing security environment,” also stated Minister Lajčák. According to the allies, due to its technological superiority, the Alliance represents prevention against possible armed attacks on its eastern or southern borders.  As the present NATO members, as well as the acceding country of North Macedonia, stated, the Alliance is ready to meet its core tasks, such as collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security.  On the occasion of the ceremonial character of the assembly today, the Foreign Affairs Ministers published a joint statement.

 

Based on the US initiative, the V4 foreign affairs ministers met with John Sullivan, US Deputy Secretary of State. On behalf of the V4 countries, it was led by Lajčák as the head of diplomacy of the country currently chairing this Central European regional grouping. The partners focused on security and defense issues, as well as V4 activities in relation to its neighborhood, especially to the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership.  Sullivan confirmed the US interest in developing dialogue and cooperation with Central European countries bilaterally, as well as in the V4. The ministers of the Visegrad group presented their efforts to further strengthen the transatlantic tie, stressing their readiness to face hybrid threats and aggression, and attesting to the indisputable nature of the protection of the eastern NATO border.  The partners accentuated the importance of the transatlantic tie, including the close EU-US cooperation and appreciated the positive role the USA played in the transformation of the countries in the region.

 

Lajčák’s visit to Washington D.C. attested to the tendency of the intensification of contact between the Slovak Republic and the United States of America, so far culminating with the visit of the Secretary of State of the United States of America Michael Pompeo to Bratislava in February this year.  The meetings with representatives of the US administration and Congress created another opportunity for presenting the Slovak Republic as an ambitious and engaged stakeholder on the international scene, especially in the European Union and in the region of Central Europe, as well as a reliable partner and an ally in NATO.

 

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