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Minister Lipavský held talks with NATO foreign ministers in Oslo
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Minister Lipavský held talks with NATO foreign ministers in Oslo


Preparing for the NATO summit in Vilnius and continuing the support for Ukraine. These were the main topics of the informal meeting of the heads of diplomacy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, which took place on June 1, 2023 in Oslo, Norway. The Czech delegation was led by Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský.

Before the start of the meeting, Minister Lipavský met with representatives of the B7 group, which, in addition to Czechia, also includes Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Romania. The Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of similar formats, which help to strengthen the voice of individual regions.

The primary task of the meeting of the foreign ministers was to seek consensus on the main issues ahead of the NATO summit to be held in Vilnius in July 2023. One such issue is Ukraine's ambition to become a member state. The meeting made progress in finding common ground.

The Czech Minister used the meeting to bring invitations for the next informal meeting of Foreign Ministers, which is due to take place in Prague in May 2024. "I have invited our partners to Prague. It will be the most important alliance event on our territory since the NATO summit in 2002," Lipavský said after the meeting. The ministers also discussed defence cooperation and further support to Ukraine.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Czech diplomatic chief also attended several bilateral meetings. He met Icelandic Minister Thórdis Gylfadóttir, the British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Canadian Minister Melanie Joly and the Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra.


Minister Lipavský held talks with NATO foreign ministers in Oslo