Excellent bilateral relations, common positions regarding many foreign-policy issues, a dynamic economic cooperation, common views on the identical status and the rights of ethnic minorities – these were the topics, among others, of the official visit of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, to Romania, where he arrived today (February 18, 2020). In Bucharest he met with his counterpart Bogdan Aurescu and was received by the President Klaus Werner Iohannis and by the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. At all three meetings, the partners confirmed the high level of cooperation and intensive bilateral relations between the two countries.
The current affairs in Libya, an evaluation of relations between the EU and Africa, a meeting of the EU foreign affairs ministers with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the European Endowment for Democracy, and a speech delivered at the donors’ conference for Albania – such was the agenda of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, at the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, on Monday (February 17, 2020) in Brussels.
A marathon of talks during the entire day and speeches delivered at two accompanying forums – such was the second day of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, at the prestigious Munich Security Conference. The accompanying events focused on Ukraine and the Three Seas Initiative, which has 12 affiliated countries. Their goal is to connect, via infrastructure, the area from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Black Sea.
“I see the Munich Security Conference as one of the most prestigious in the world since in terms of participation and scope it sets the trends in the area of security policy. I made good use of the first day of the conference, and in addition to the main programme of the event, I took part in five bilateral meetings and three accompanying events.” These were the words of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, after the first day of the security conference which started today (February 14, 2020) in the Bavarian metropolis. At the first accompanying event with the title European Leadership Network, the main theme was the use of modern technologies for national security and also transatlantic relations. “It was a platform where I emphasized the importance of transatlantic ties; these have been strong and identical,” noted the chief Slovak diplomat. He also added that the transatlantic relations need to renew the element of strategic predictability. The Balkan Security Round Table was the title of the second accompanying event which was attended by the highest state officials from Southeastern Europe.
“This is one of my last speeches as the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. I have devoted 9 years of my life to this mission. I would like to use this opportunity to share a couple of sincere and well-intended messages.” These were the words of the chief Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajčák, with which he began his closing remarks at the conference “Foreign and European Policy of the Slovak Republic 2016-2020” which took place on Thursday, February 13, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.