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State Secretary Stašek Helt Political Consultations in Chile
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State Secretary Stašek helt Political Consultations in Chile


On February 12, 2019 the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Miloslav Stašek held political consultations in Santiago de Chile with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile Patricio Torres.

Negotiations were focused on the bilateral relations between both countries and on mutual cooperation on an international level. Both partners appreciated an excellent bilateral relationship with strong potential for developing further cooperation in the area of business, environment, culture, education, science and research.  „A suitable platform to intensify mutual relations could be a planned visit of Foreign Minister R. Ampuer in the Czech Republic," said State Secretary Stašek and handed over a letter of invitation from the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček to his Chilean partner.

Both partners exchanged their positions on current events in Venezuela. Even though Venezuela's wave of migration affected particularly Colombia and Peru, for Chile with its current figure of 260,000 Venezuelans in the country the developments in Venezuela represent a major political and human rights issue. At the same time, there are currently 20,000 Chilean citizens in Venezuela. Another subject of the consultations was the relatively slow progress in negotiating the EU-Chile Association Agreement, mutual support for candidacies to international organizations and cooperation between the Diplomatic Academies of both foreign ministries.

The Chilean Deputy Minister Patricio Torres was also interested in a system of state support for pro-export activities and modern procedures in the Czech Republic, and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectively, in the field of economic diplomacy, including the preparation and training of economic diplomats. Both sides are interested in the development of economic and commercial cooperation, while taking into account the business interests of the Czech business entities in opportunities in Chile in the fields of mining technology, energy, agro-food and water management, including environmental technologies. „I am glad that the Chilean market, despite its distance, has also been found by our investors, who are very successful in developing their investment projects here in the field of energy and the processing of local agricultural production", said State Secretary Stašek. Interesting opportunities can be seen in the defence sector and the export of arms production. In this context, the Czech side expressed its interest in a visit of the Chilean Defence Minister in the Czech Republic.

In conclusion, the State Secretary Stašek invited the Chilean representatives, including business partners to MSV 2019 (International Engineering Fair) in Brno and expressed full support in organizing their B2B meetings, workshops and seminars within the Czech Export House.

State Secretary Stašek Helt Political Consultations in Chile.

State Secretary Stašek Helt Political Consultations in Chile.