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Prime Minister Sobotka talked with Jordanian Prime Minister Al-Mulki on safety and trade cooperation, migration crisis and power engineering

On Tuesday, 22 August 2017, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met with the Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Hani Fawzi Al-Mulki.

One of the themes of the negotiations was to strengthen mutual trade and economic cooperation. Mutual trade increased by 62% in 2016 compared to 2015, mainly thanks to cooperation between Czech and Jordanian companies. One of the possibilities of cooperation include deliveries for military and state hospitals in Jordan after the local government has included Czech medical equipment manufacturers in the approved list of potential suppliers. Another opportunity appears in public transport, water management and possibly also food industry.

Both parties have expressed their interest in continuing the excellent cooperation in defence field and security. Specific bilateral defence cooperation projects include the training of Jordanian partners in areas such as protection against weapons of mass destruction, destruction of explosive devices, logistics or military health.

Ambassadors signing the Agreement

Ambassadors signing the Agreement

Jordan faces a large influx of refugees in connection with ongoing conflicts in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. The Czech Republic continues to focus on tackling the problems in source countries and stabilising measures to help the population in coping with the migration and refugee crisis. This is also why the Czech Republic provides Jordan with the largest humanitarian and financial support from all the affected states. Specific projects include building infrastructure and expanding the capacities of the Zaatari and Azrak refugee camps, another 40 million crowns is intended to improve the living conditions of nearly 70,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. The government provided to the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior 10 million crowns and decided on another donation of 15 million crowns at the meeting on 21 August 2017. In addition to the financial assistance, the Czech Republic also provides refugees with medical care within the MEDEVAC project. Since 2013 there have been 32 Czech medical teams.

The Cooperation Agreement between the Czech Republic and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy has been signed in the presence of the prime ministers, which represents a significant step forward in cooperation between both the countries in the field of energy. The agreement gives the opportunity to a number of Czech entities from universities through research institutes to industry to participate in the development of the Jordanian nuclear sector.