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State Secretary Miloslav Stašek held talks on both sides of the Congo River

 

From 3 to 5 October 2021, State Secretary Miloslav Stašek visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo to promote mutual relations with promising African economies.

In the DRC, he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Christoph Lutundula Apala. During political consultations, partner briefed him on the current situation and ongoing political and economic reforms and he assured his partner of our support for these efforts. At the same time, he commended the efforts of the DRC during its presidency of the African Union. The focus of the talks, however, was on the possibilities and prospects for closer bilateral economic and trade cooperation, including during meetings with the Chief of the Military Staff of the Office of the President Franck Buamunda Ntumba, the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Gilbert Kabanda, and the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence Isidore Yankole. He was also received by the Director of the National Museum Henri Bundjoku.

Mutual relations with the DRC are reviving after years of decline. They rely on development and humanitarian activities, scientific cooperation projects, experts from universities and science institutes are engaging here. In the growing exports, the greatest interest is in the products of the Czech machinery and chemical industry for the local mining industry.

In the Republic of Congo, Miloslav Stašek held initial meetings, after the new Congolese government took office in May 2021, with Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francophonie and Congolese Abroad Jean-Claude Gakosso and Minister of Foreign Cooperation and Promotion of Partnership with the Private Sector Denis Christel Sassou N'guesso.

The Czech Republic is seeking to intensify its relations with African partners in view of its upcoming EU presidency in 2022.

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Státní tajemník Miloslav Stašek jednal na obou březích Konga

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