Ostrava, September 17 (TASR) – Slovak Ambassador to the USA Ivan Korcok received the Czech and Slovak Transatlantic Award on the sidelines of the NATO Days in Ostrava on Sunday (September 16), NGO GLOBSEC has announced on its website.
Ian Brzezinski, son of US foreign policy legend Zbigniew Brzezinski, handed over the award to the Slovak ambassador. Korcok was awarded for his many years of efforts to support transatlantic relations.
In 2002, Korcok led the Slovak delegation during accession talks with NATO, whose member Slovakia became in 2004. Korcok’s significant engagement in European politics over the past ten years, during which he served as ambassador to Germany and to the EU, was also noted at the award ceremony.
“The relationship between the EU and the USA is undergoing its toughest test in its history. The last thing we need is to send messages over the Atlantic Ocean via the media. We need to communicate the more that we have different opinions on several issues. However, this doesn’t mean that we’ll draw apart from each other. The USA and the EU can’t afford to become rivals on the global chessboard,” stated Korcok, who assumed the post of Slovak ambassador in Washington just a few days ago.
“For 26 years of Slovak diplomacy, Mr. Korcok excellently served his country, earning merit in terms of respect and appreciation from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He contributed considerably to the development of the EU and NATO, as well as to the relationship between them,” said Ian Brzezinski when handing over the award to the Slovak ambassador to the USA.