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Ministr zahraničí Jan Lipavský na návštěvě Spojeného království Velké Británie a Severního Irska
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Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský visits the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


On Thursday, 16 November, the head of Czech diplomacy, Jan Lipavský, visited the United Kingdom, where he met with the Minister for Business and Trade and London, Greg Hands, the Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Lammy, and the UK Government's National Security Adviser, Sir Tim Barrow.

The visit provided an opportunity to bring the Czech and British positions closer together. "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the Czech Republic's closest security and defence allies. We also share a common commitment to preserving democracy and freedom in Ukraine. It is crucial to support the dynamic development of bilateral relations at a time of growing security threats," the Minister said.

Among the main topics of discussion between Ministers Hands and Lipavsky was the further development of bilateral relations in the fields of science, research, energy and cyber security. They also discussed deepening mutual trade and economic ties, support for Ukraine and other foreign policy challenges such as the conflict in Israel. "I appreciate the agreement of both countries that support for Ukraine will continue as long as necessary," the Czech diplomatic chief said.

Minister Lipavský also met with Labour Party Shadow Foreign Minister David Lammy, who was briefed by the Czech diplomatic chief on the main priorities of Czech foreign policy, positions on the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Israel and the situation in the Central European region.

During his meeting with Sir Tim Barrow, National Security Adviser to the British Government, Minister Lipavský focused on the current conflicts in Ukraine and Israel. They also discussed migration and security challenges in the cyber and energy sectors.

During the visit, Minister Lipavsky presented the Medal for Heroism in memoriam to Colonel Oldřich Doležal, pilot of the 311th Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron of the RAF, on behalf of the President of the Republic. The decoration was received by his son Tom Doležal. "I agree with the words of the President, which were heard on 28 October in Vladislav Hall, that the greatest wealth of our country is our people. Heroes like Oldřich Doležal confirm that we have much to be proud of," the Czech minister said during the presentation of the medal.

Minister Lipavský also awarded Pavel Seifter, former Czech Ambassador to the United Kingdom, with the Foreign Minister's Medal "For Merit in Diplomacy". "I see this award as a thank you for Mr Seifter's active lifelong efforts, when he always advocated and promoted a clear value orientation of our country and thus contributed to its anchoring in the democratic world and to its positive image abroad," Minister Lipavský said in his speech.

At the end of his visit, he attended the Magnitsky Award ceremony, during which he presented the main prize to Yevgenia Kara-Murza, who has been fighting tirelessly for the release of her husband Vladimir, who is being held in a Russian prison. Czechia has supported sanctions in the European Union against the people responsible for this politically motivated trial.


Ministr zahraničí Jan Lipavský na návštěvě Spojeného království Velké Británie a Severního Irska