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In Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek assured leaders of the Czech Republic's unwavering support
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In Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek assured leaders of the Czech Republic's unwavering support

 

The Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek (ČSSD) arrived in Tel Aviv for a one-day visit, during which he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He expressed strong support for Israel, which has been in an armed conflict since 10 May. His counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi described the visit as a great support and thanked the Czech foreign minister for his solidarity and commitment to this symbolic journey. The situation in the region could defuse by the end of this week, with Israel planning to cease operations in a matter of days.

"When I received the invitation to fly to Israel, I did not hesitate for a second," Minister Kulhánek said. "The purpose of the trip is to express our uncompromising support for Israel, which has the full right to protect its citizens." He and his Slovak counterpart Ivan Korčok inspected buildings damaged by a Palestinian rocket in the city of Petach Tikva. Later, they had the opportunity to see a pillar of Israel's Iron Dome air defence system, which can neutralise about 90% of rockets before they hit.

On the trip, Minister Kulhánek confirmed the strong and stable relations between the Czech Republic and Israel. He also discussed with Benjamin Netanyahu the resumption of travel for vaccinated tourists. According to Minister Kulhánek, an influx of Israeli tourists can significantly help the Czech tourism industry this year, including hotels and restaurants. They also talked about potentially renewing the tradition of joint meetings of the Israeli and Czech governments, which could take place in Prague.

The Minister also visited the embassy in Tel Aviv and its office in Jerusalem. He talked about life in Israel during the conflict with embassy staff and their families, who described seeking refuge in bomb shelters several times a day.

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In Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek assured leaders of the Czech Republic's unwavering support

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