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Slovak foreign minister withdraws resignation after migrant pact row

One week after submitting his written resignation to President Andrej Kiska, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák changed his mind and decided to stay put in the ministerial post for now.

Lajčák originally filed his resignation following a dispute regarding the UN Migration Compact. While he defended the document, the ruling Smer and Slovak National Party (SNS) opposed it in a way that prompted Lajčák to make strong statements against it.

Slovakia will not join the Migration Compact, based on a resolution passed by the Slovak parliament and the subsequent decision of the cabinet not to send a representative to Marrakesh on December 10.

Lajčák now says that he has received guarantees from PM Peter Pellegrini and the leader of the Smer party that nominated him to the post, Robert Fico, regarding Slovakia’s foreign policy.

Lajčák said that he received guarantees from Pellegrini and Fico that “the programme statement of the government is valid and that there will be no steps taken that would question the fundamental pillars of our foreign policy, which I am responsible for as minister,” Lajčák stated, as quoted by Sme, adding that only under these conditions is he able to continue as minister.

He added that his decision is in line with Slovakia’s efforts to be perceived as a modern European country and reliable partner.

The minister is still convinced that it is not right for Slovakia to remain uninvolved in attempts to find a common solution for migration.

Source: spectator.sme.sk