In related news, the annual report of the Czech secret service for 2008 says that individuals and companies from Iran, Syria and North Korea were interested in obtaining chemicals, machinery and technologies that could be used in producing weapons of mass destruction and their carriers. The Czech intelligence confirmed “a steady interest” by Iran in purchasing Czech machinery, and found out that in 2007, a Czech firm collaborated with an Iranian company that had been sanctioned for taking part in Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Czech EU presidency has convoked an informal summit of the EU and Jordan in Brussels on June 17, a diplomatic source told the ctk news agency on Friday. The meeting will be attended by the king of Jordan, Abdullah II, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU high representative for foreign and security policy Javier Solana, and Czech President Vaclav Klaus. According to diplomats, the EU-Jordan summit will focus on the Middle East peace process and the possibilities of solving persisting disputes between Israel and the Palestinians.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with President Václav Klaus on Monday at the start of a two-day visit to the Czech Republic. In their meeting the two discussed expanding strong political ties into the economic sphere. Mr Klaus stressed that both sides were looking for new markets and expressed the hope that Jordan would be one for Czech manufacturers and vice-versa. Other issues discussed included the Middle East, with King Abdullah saying he hoped this year would see new talks between Israel and Palestinian representatives. Earlier in the year, the Czech Republic tried to broker a ceasefire after conflict broke out in Gaza – shortly after the Czechs took up the rotating EU presidency.
Czech doctors had to operate early on one of the two Kosovar baby boys who were brought to Prague for heart surgery. The baby boy, Albion, underwent surgery three days ahead of schedule due to his worsening state, Prague-Motol hospital's spokeswoman Eva Jurinova said on Saturday. The three-month-old boy suffered from a complex heart defect that was corrected during Saturday's six hour operation. The spokeswoman said the boy's heart trouble was over unless post-operation complications occurred. It is not clear when the baby patient will be able to return home. The other newborn boy, three-week-old Edonis, was operated on immediately after his arrival in Prague. That operation, like Albion's, was successful.
Czech police officers are involved in a number of missions around the world where they are helping to stabilize volatile situations or to train cadets for the local forces. Earlier this week 10 such officers returned from a mission in Jordan where they were helping to train the new Iraqi police force. After six months of hard work in a tough environment, they have now been relieved by a new batch of Czech police officers.