Bern (21 October) – The relations of Slovakia and the EU with Switzerland were discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and his Swiss departmental counterpart, Didier Burkhalter, in the town Kehrsatz near Bern today. Their meeting took place on the sidelines of a visit to Switzerland by Andrej Kiska, the President of Slovakia. Ministers Lajčák and Burkhalter confirmed the high quality of bilateral relations that is also attested, inter alia, by the intensity and regularity of the top level contacts. Minister Lajčák emphasized Slovakia’s interest in deepening mutual cooperation beyond the political level and the existing economic activities into the areas of innovation, research and education. The ministers also delved into the opportunities for strengthening dialogue under the Visegrad Four +Switzerland format and discussed the preparations for a ministerial meeting that might take place next year. The core issue of Minister Lajčák’s discussion with his Swiss counterpart was the topic of EU-Switzerland relations. Slovakia, as the country now holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, raised the issue of the discussions by EU Member States about the future arrangement of the joint relationship with regard to the results of the 2014 Swiss referendum to limit immigration.
Bratislava (19 October) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received in Bratislava today the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Slovakia (based in Prague), Serzhan Abdykarimov. Their meeting focused on preparations for the official visit by Minister Lajčák to Kazakhstan next month. Minister Lajčák emphasized that bilateral relations between Slovakia and Kazakhstan have been developing free of pending issues or disturbing moments and Slovakia is interested in transforming them into specific outcomes. The key priority is to reverse the falling level of trade and restore the volume of mutual economic exchange to higher levels. That is also a reason why the Minister’s delegation in Astana should include representatives of the Slovak business sector.
Bratislava (19 October) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received in Bratislava today a delegation from Keidanren, the Japanese Business Federation, that is now visiting Slovakia. Keidanren is the most important business federation in Japan that associates representatives of the strongest and top-level Japanese companies. “Japan is Slovakia’s important economic partner and we use all opportunities for development of political dialogue and economic relations with Japan,” stated Minister Lajčák while reminding that Japanese companies were among the first and most dependable foreign investors in Slovakia. At present about 50 Japanese companies have operations in Slovakia and have created up to 10,000 jobs.
Bratislava (19 October) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Slovak Republic, Lin Lin, today. The subject of their meeting was China’s response to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Slovakia. In his discussion with Ambassador Lin Lin, Minister Lajčák emphasized that Slovakia recognizes and respects the One-China policy. He also stated that Slovakia does care about good relations with China and is interested in strengthening them especially through extending trade and economic cooperation.
Luxembourg (18 October) – The upcoming summit of EU leaders and mid-term review of the Multi-annual Financial Framework dominated the agenda of today's General Affairs Council, chaired by Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák.