Bratislava, August 28 (TASR) – Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Tuesday handed over credentials to Ivan Korcok, the designated Slovak ambassador to the United States, TASR learnt on the same day.
Korcok in the USA wants to protect the interests of both Slovakia and the EU and intensify relations at the highest level. “There’s a need for our top political leaders to meet,” he said after receiving the credentials.
Kiska considers Korcok to be a top diplomat, and he likes the fact that Korcok isn’t afraid to fight for values. “The world is complicated, and there are plenty of questions nowadays about the direction in which we’re heading. It’s therefore even more important that you will represent our country to such an important partner as the United States,” Kiska told Korcok.
The new ambassador would like to contribute towards strengthening already positive American-Slovak relations. Korcok’s personal challenge is “to try to leave a positive trace of Slovakia in this huge country”. This can be achieved via Slovak culture, he added.
Korcok acted as deputy for Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak during the period when Lajcak served as the president of the 72nd UN General Assembly in the USA. The Government hasn’t yet approved Korcok’s successor in the post of Foreign Affairs Ministry state secretary. According to Lajcak, Frantisek Ruzicka, who led Lajcak’s team at the UN, is the only candidate for the post, however.