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Minister Petříček held talks in Pilsen with US Secretary of State Pompeo
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Minister Petříček held talks in Pilsen with US Secretary of State Pompeo


Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček met on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who kicked off his Central European trip in the Czech Republic. The heads of Czech and American diplomacy toured the Patton Memorial Museum in Pilsen to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II at the Thank You, America! memorial, followed by a visit to the Pilsner Urquell brewery.

"Secretary Pompeo's visit, especially in the midst of a pandemic, is proof of the strong ties and alliances between our countries as well as the Secretary's personal commitment to strengthening transatlantic cooperation," Petříček said.
"The Czech Republic is free and helps secure the legacy of freedom, democracy and security commemorated by the Thank You, America! memorial. Thank you, Czech friends, for everything you do for freedom and for keeping the memory of our fallen compatriots in your hearts," said the US Secretary of State.

Mr Pompeo's visit to the Czech Republic is the first by the US Secretary of State since 2012, when Hillary Clinton came to Prague. "We are continuing the negotiations at the highest level," Petříček said in reference to the strengthening of relations between the two countries. "I met with Mike Pompeo last spring in Washington, DC and this was followed by the Prime Minister's trip to the White House."
Today, in addition to visiting Pilsen and commemorating the end of World War II, the ministers also addressed current issues. They discussed security cooperation between the Czech Republic and the USA, specifically the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the joint fight against terrorism, relations with Russia and China and the efforts of these powers to strengthen their position in the world and trade.

"At the end of our visit to Plzen, we discussed how to overcome the economic crisis," Petříček said. "We agreed that we need to invest in new technologies and continue to cooperate in the area of cybersecurity. The Americans appreciate our role in foreign missions and NATO. We also touched on the topic of Belarus and the undemocratic course of its presidential elections."


Minister Petříček held talks in Pilsen with US Secretary of State Pompeo