Bilateral relations in the context of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as well as the challenges for the Slovak chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and also global issues -- these were the themes of the talks of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Wang Yi, State Advisor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, who arrived today (10 July) to pay a working visit to the Slovak Republic. In their discussion, the ministers followed up on the most recent visit of Miroslav Lajčák in Beijing in April of this year. "China represents one of the key actors in the area of international policy. We are interested in maintaining a dialogue with you, in line with the EU policies and based on the One China Principle. We wish for friendly relations and a dialogue at the highest level based on mutual respect,” emphasized the chief Slovak diplomat.
Multilateralism, conflict prevention, the use of accessible instruments for conflict resolution and the need for dialogue – these were, according to Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, the main themes of the informal meeting of the representatives of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which ended today (July 9) in Štrbské Pleso.
Today (July 7, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, took part in the annual meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of this organisation in Luxembourg. The minister addressed the meeting’s plenary and then, together with the OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger, answered questions from the present members of the PA. In his remarks, Miroslav Lajčák presented the results of the first six months of the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE from the viewpoint of the priorities set – conflict prevention, a secure future and efficient multilateralism – while Slovakia has been laying special emphasis on assistance to people afflicted by conflicts. During the first half year, the Slovak chairmanship paid extraordinary attention to the situation in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. “By our actions, we’ve been trying to help people in the conflict-afflicted areas. We have proposed several simple measures which will ease the everyday suffering of people on the ground. We have provided particular humanitarian assistance which will help clear the areas of landmines,” the Slovakia’s chief diplomat said. He also reminded the members of the OSCE PA that he visited all the countries of Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia where OSCE missions are present. Their activities always focus on the specific needs of the hosting country. Lajčák also presented possibilities for cooperation between the OSCE and other international organisations, particularly with the UN regarding the sustainable development agenda, which is a main agenda item of the OSCE PA annual meeting.
Bilateral relations in the context of events carried out that correspond to the Action plan for the Slovak-French Strategic Partnership for 2018-2022 – this was the main topic of the meeting of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Amélie de Montchalin, State Secretary of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, who visited Slovakia on the occasion of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. “We talked about upcoming joint activities and we also confirmed our interest in a dynamic continuation of our very good relations,” stated Minister Lajčák. The meeting was an opportunity to touch on the topic of EU enlargement, also in the context of the Report of the European Commission on Enlargement, which addressed enlargement as well as evaluation of the progress made by individual candidate countries along with the conclusions of the Council for General Affairs on the issues of enlargement. “The enlargement of the EU, based on the fulfilment of the set criteria, means a strategic investment in a safe, stable and unified bloc based on common values,” stated Miroslav Lajčák.
“The dynamics of foreign policy events pushes us to continue maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our foreign service,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his concluding remarks delivered at the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. As he clarified, demands on multilateral political, consular and economic dimensions of foreign policy are high, and therefore it is important to continue to deliver consistently. “I wish to thank you for always having the interests of the Slovak Republic and its citizens in mind while carrying out your tasks,” emphasized the head of the Slovak diplomatic service, addressing the Slovak ambassadors as he was formally closing the four-day meeting.