Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 7, 2009

Date: 05/07/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak  Before Their Meeting © State Dept Photo
Good morning. Well, today, I am delighted to be meeting with the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, a country that I have visited and very much enjoyed. We have many important matters to discuss. We have a strong, positive, constructive relationship. And we will look for ways to strengthen and further that in the years to come. Welcome, Mr. Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER LAJCAK: Thank you, Madame Secretary. Good morning. I am very pleased to be able to pay this visit, my first visit to the state – Secretary of State in my current capacity at a time when Slovakia celebrated the fifth anniversary of our membership at the European Union and NATO, at a year when we are celebrating 20th anniversary of our Velvet Revolution and our road to democracy that has been, at times, quite bumpy. But with the assistance of your country and your personal assistance, we managed to become a success story. And I am proud to be here in the position of a friendly country and a strategic partner and ally. And there are plenty of issues to discuss how we can help you in our common effort.



SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so very much.

PRN: 2009/429