In relation to the tragic effects of the Sunday (12 November 2017) earthquake in the Iran-Iraq border area, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, sent a telegram of condolences to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif. Korčok expressed sincere condolences to survivors of the victims and solidarity with the injured and so-far unaccounted for persons in the telegram: “At these difficult moments, we profoundly sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones and with the civil authorities and emergency personnel involved in the relief efforts,” reads the telegram.
Korčok about PESCO: “The security and defence agenda has been acquiring new dynamics one year since the Bratislava Summit”
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, alongside the Defence Minister SR, Peter Gajdoš, upon the mandate granted by the SR government, signed the notification on accession to the so-called Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence within the EU, an important initiative to further strengthen EU member states’ cooperation in defence, on behalf of the Slovak Republic, today (13 November) in Brussels. The relevant instruments were signed by 23 states. “Creating PESCO means that certain member states decided to jointly do more in cooperation in the area of security and defence. This has confirmed what we have been saying for a long time already: European integration will be faster and will go deeper in certain areas. The security and defence agenda has thus acquired new dynamics a year since the Bratislava Summit. Several ambitious initiatives have been launched and PESCO is their epicentre. This pace needs to be kept,” noted Korčok while reminding that the process is just starting through the signing of the notification.
EU’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) discusses issues of strategic communication, EU-Africa relations and cooperation in the area of defence
The topic of strategic communication within the EU and signing of the notification on Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence dominated today’s (13 November) Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, first at the level of foreign ministers from the EU member states and later in a format extended by the defence ministers. State Secretary Ivan Korčok of the diplomacy department, who was representing the Slovak Republic at FAC, evaluated the discussion dedicated to strategic communication as a stimulating one, especially its part where the ministers delved into the opportunities to strengthen the existing capacities and long-term financing of the fight against dissemination of propaganda. “I share the feeling of urgency on the topic,” noted Korčok, “because propaganda and disinformation campaigns are a threat to the EU and undermine the values it is built on.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, ended his two-day visit in the Republic of Macedonia today (10 November 2017). The goal of the visit was to express support to the new Macedonian government and encourage its effort to bring the country back to its integration trajectory through a specific form of assistance in the area of transfer of Slovakia’s know-how acquired during its accession processes.
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.