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Ministři Lipavský a Schallenberg ve Vídni.
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Czech diplomatic chief Jan Lipavský visited Austria


On 7 November 2023, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský visited Vienna, where he met with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. The Head of Czech Diplomacy also gave a speech at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, met with his compatriots and presented the Medal for Merit for Diplomacy.

The foreign ministers discussed not only foreign policy issues, but also strengthening good relations at a time when Ukraine is facing Russian aggression. "We agree on a wide range of topics, there are also areas where we have different opinions, but our cooperation is in a friendly spirit, which is strengthened by our historical and geographical proximity," the minister said.

Cooperation in the Slavkov format under the current Austrian Presidency was also among the key topics of the meeting. Ministers Lipavský and Schallenberg discussed support for Ukraine, developments in Israel and current developments in Central Europe. "I am very pleased that we share the same position with Austria on the issue of Israel's right to self-defence. This was also reflected in the recent vote at the UN General Assembly. Both the Czech Republic and Austria rejected the resolution that did not condemn Hamas terrorism," the Czech diplomatic chief added.

During his one-day visit to Vienna, Minister Lipavský also gave a presentation on "Geopolitical Challenges and the New Security Strategy of the Czech Republic" at the prestigious Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and met with students and the management of the institution. He also visited the bilingual school of the Komenský School Association, which has been offering bilingual education in Vienna for more than 150 years, and presented the Mayor of the Association, Karl Hanzl, with the medal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic "For Merit in Diplomacy". During the meeting with the representatives of the association and the expatriates, the Minister appreciated the long-term work of the expatriate community in Austria and recalled its contribution to strengthening mutual relations and creating a positive image of Czechia. In this context, the Minister also stressed that he was aware of how crucial the introduction of the postal vote was for our compatriots.

During the closing social event at the embassy, the Czech diplomatic chief also presented the award to Martin Eichtinger, a former councillor of the Lower Austrian state government, who has become a significant driver of cooperation between Lower Austria and the border regions of Czechia.