Meetings with officials from the National Security Council (NSC) and key NGOs as well as Slovaks living in the US marked the end of Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák’s visit to the US, the TASR newswire reported on July 27.
During talks with the NSC Lajčák discussed several important international issues, such as Slovakia’s role in Afghanistan and the role of NATO following the recent summit in Chicago, including its further enlargement, as well as discussions about the crisis in the euro zone, ties between the US and the European Union and the prospects of the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries.
The Slovak minister assured his partners that Slovakia is a reliable partner to NATO, pointing to the country’s involvement in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
“This approach enjoys backing across the Slovak parliament,” Lajčák said, as quoted by TASR.
During a meeting with representatives of prominent NGOs such as the Atlantic Council of the United States, the US Institute for Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the International Crisis Group and the National Democratic Institute, the foreign affairs minister discussed issues concerning foreign policy. The representatives of the US NGOs appreciated the activities of Slovak diplomacy in the countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership, TASR wrote.
Lajčák also met with Slovaks living in the US whom he updated on the activities of the Slovak government in the area of cooperation with Slovaks living abroad. According to Lajčák, the importance that the Slovak government places on the issue is proven by the fact that matters have been passed to the remit of the deputy premier and foreign affairs minister.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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30. Jul 2012 at 14:00