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Ministr Kulhánek navštívil Egypt, podpořil české podniky i vojáky
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Minister Kulhánek visited Egypt, supported Czech companies and soldiers


The Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek (ČSSD) visited Egypt at the head of a business delegation over the weekend. He and his counterpart Sameh Shoukry discussed bilateral issues, including Czech-Egyptian trade cooperation, the situation in the Middle East, and tourism in the context of the pandemic. The Minister was also received by President Sisi.

During the meeting with Minister Shoukry, Minister Kulhánek also spoke about cultural cooperation within the unique exhibition in Prague "The Sun Kings", the relations of the V4 countries, the EU and NATO with Egypt and security issues related to events in Libya and Syria. They also devoted space to managing migration. Minister Kulhánek handed President Sisi an invitation to visit Prague from President Miloš Zeman.

The visit also revived the tradition of traveling together with business delegations, which had been interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The support of Czech entrepreneurs is a priority for Minister Kulhánek, and therefore he was accompanied by representatives of 15 Czech companies, including from the fields of water management, financial services and the defence industry. This was Minister Kulhánek's first such trip and only the fourth overall since the beginning of last year. "Minister Shoukry and I launched the Czech-Egyptian Business Forum organised by both chambers of commerce, and I am sure that this will be an opportunity to strengthen existing economic cooperation and establish new business partnerships," the chief Czech diplomat said. "President Sísí also has an excellent overview and supports the involvement of Czech companies in projects in this region."

He also assured the Egyptians that Czechia will not impose unnecessary conditions on Czechs who wish to vacation in Egypt. "Before the pandemic, about 300,000 Czech tourists came here every year," Kulhánek said. "We hope to get back to these numbers as soon as possible. Although, of course, it is in our interest to monitor the spread of new mutations and to ensure that travel is predictable but at the same time safe for our citizens." The current data from the ECDC do not suggest that Egypt's travel traffic light should turn black, like in Tunisia, for example. President Sisi assured Kulhánek that Egypt pays the utmost attention to the safety of tourist resorts, including vaccinating staff or tightening hygiene conditions.

Minister Kulhánek also met with Czech members and the leadership of the MFO peacekeeping and monitoring mission in Sinai, which the Czech Republic has been participating in and contributing to since 2009. Since 2013, the mission has also been serving air and ground personnel of the Czech Army with the CASA C-295M aircraft, which helps monitor the situation and transports people and material. "The MFO is a key element in the regional security architecture and we are pleased to be able to contribute to this operation," the Minister said. "Our participation is highly valued and the parliament has extended the mandate until the end of 2022."

Ministr Kulhánek navštívil Egypt, podpořil české podniky i vojáky

Ministr Kulhánek navštívil Egypt, podpořil české podniky i vojáky

Ministr Kulhánek navštívil Egypt, podpořil české podniky i vojáky

Ministr Kulhánek navštívil Egypt, podpořil české podniky i vojáky