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Lajčák Starts Working Visit to the USA

Lajčák Starts Working Visit to the USA

3.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

By laying wreaths at the tomb of Štefan Osuský in Washington yesterday (2 April 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, launched his working visit to the United States of America, thus paying respect to the 130th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Slovak diplomat (born 31 March 1889). The event was also attended by representatives of the Slovak American Society of Washington DC and Friends of Slovakia. The memorial had been renovated by the Slovak Embassy in the USA in cooperation with the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, the Slovak American Society of Washington DC, and the French Embassy in the USA on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Osuský in 1998.

 

Minister Lajčák then met with Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to whom he presented Slovakia’s long-term support for the reform efforts and integration ambitions of Ukraine. They paid attention not only to bilateral and transatlantic cooperation in relation to Ukraine, but also to concrete opportunities of cooperation in promoting the priorities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Lajčák and Volker also evaluated the results of the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine in relation to the further possible developments in this country. “I’m pleased that in the times when the talks rather focus on transatlantic disputes, the US side shows a real interest in developments in Europe also with regard to the developments in Ukraine, which also fundamentally affects Slovakia, since it is a country in our neighborhood,” appreciated Lajčák.

 

At the end of the working program yesterday, the head of Slovak diplomacy presented the Golden Plaque of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic to former Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell in appreciation of his contribution to the development of the Slovak-American bilateral relations. Lajčák also highlighted that Mitchell significantly contributed to intensifying the US interest in the Central European region and its security.