State Secretary Korčok in Paris: We are not issuing a “blank check” on the form of the European integration core
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, was on a working visit in Paris yesterday (21 July 2017) and held talks with Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France, and Philippe Etienne, advisor to the French President. The deliberations confirmed the countries’ joint interest in further developing bilateral cooperation between Slovakia and France. Next year will be important for both countries in commemorating events relevant to the two countries, inter alia, 100 years since the end of World War I and the essential role of France in the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918.
The issue of sustainable peace requires adoption of a long-term strategy, with emphasis on prevention, on the platform of the United Nations. It is obvious that UN activities must have a broader reach than just addressing the immediate needs of conflict-stricken countries. We need a peace-building and peace-keeping strategy. This was said today (20 July) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, at a daylong coordination event (the so-called retreat) for experience sharing between sessions of the UN General Assembly in New York. Under this traditional activity that has occurred for six years, the current and the next presidents of the UN General Assembly meet jointly with their vice-presidents and chairpersons of the main committees to evaluate the UN’s dynamics, reflect on processes within the organization and set specific priorities for the future.
Lajčák in New York: “We must try to engage the private sector in UN activities in sustainable development”
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák started his program in New York today (18 July) when he participated in and gave an address at high-level event on financing sustainable development, organized by incumbent President the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson. This has been the Minister´s first working visit in his official function of the President-elect of the 72nd UN General Assembly, unanimously elected on 31 May this year.
Lajčák at FAC: “International community must apply a reasonable combination of pressure and dialog vis-à-vis North Korea regime”
Priorities of the EU Global Strategy implementation in the next period, developments in Libya and DPRK and the EU cooperation with international organizations in solving the uncontrolled migration via the Central Mediterranean Route were the main topics on the agenda of the session of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (17 July). The Slovak Republic was represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák.
The official visit of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák continued its second day today (14 July) with his reception by Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the People's Republic of China, and talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi. The discussion with his counterpart Wang Yi was dominated by the key topics of the three UN agenda pillars, including the efforts for reform processes and evaluation of bilateral relations. “I´m a convinced promotor of the idea of multilateralism. Global challenges call for joint efforts in the quest for answers, which means we need platforms for exchanging views and forming common positions, such as the UN.