Madrid (26 August) – The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union and its timely and scheduled activities were discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and his Spanish departmental counterpart, José Manuel García-Margallo, in Madrid today. Ministers Lajčák and García-Margallo exchanged views on the preparations for discussions at the Bratislava Summit of the EU leaders on the future of the European project following the exit by Britain and also discussed the program of the informal meeting of foreign ministers of the EU Member States that will be held next Friday and Saturday (2-3 September) in Slovakia’s capital city.
Minister Lajčák speaks at the UN Security Council on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
New York (23 August) – “Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction ranks among the major threats to international peace and security.” This was the message of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his statement during the United Nations Security Council open discussion of the fight against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in New York on Tuesday. “The threat presented by these weapons is multiplied by the risk that they may get in the hands of terrorists and non-State actors. For that reason, preventing this from happening should be the key priority for the international community,” emphasized Minister Lajčák.
Prague (22 August) – “There is no better and tighter partnership and alliance than the one between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.” This was the statement in Prague on Monday at at the annual meeting of the heads of the representation offices of the Czech Republic by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, who was the key international guest invited to the event by his Czech departmental counterpart, Lubomír Zaorálek.
Bratislava (1 August) – Slovakia and New Zealand are close even though they are geographically very distant. There was agreement on this by the two countries’ Foreign Affairs Ministers, Miroslav Lajčák and Murray McCully, during their talks in Bratislava. “The visit by Minister McCully and the quality of our relations confirm that distance between countries no longer plays an important role in the modern world,” noted Minister Lajčák of the Slovak Republic. “On the map our countries are situated very far from one another but still we are close to one another through the values that are the foundations of our societies, through the goals we establish, and through the role that our countries seek to play in international relations as constructive partners oriented at finding solutions,” stated Minister Lajčák.
Bratislava (18 August) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received the Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, in Bratislava today. Their meetings focused on continuing an intensive political dialogue in the context of the May visit by Minister Lajčák to Tokyo and the substantive Slovakia-Japan economic cooperation. Minister Lajčák emphasized that Japan is an important partner of Slovakia in the economic and political areas and that Slovakia is further prepared to create an attractive environment for Japanese investors, especially in the areas of innovation and research. In that regard both partners evaluated the preparations for an October visit to Slovakia by a mission of officials from the Keidanren organization, the most important business association in Japan and the umbrella organization of leading Japanese businesses and companies.