Prime Minister Andrej Babiš revealed to journalists on Tuesday that part
of his ongoing trip to the United States will involve visiting the CIA
headquarters in Langley.
Now the Czech daily Lidové Noviny writes that a Czech Intelligence source said that Czech counter-intelligence service (BIS) cheif Michal Koudelka has also flown to Washington and will accompany Mr Babiš on his CIA visit. Official BIS channels refused to comment, but the newspaper says that a US source has confirmed the information.
The visit to Langley is not part of Mr Babiš's official programme, whose main highlight is a meeting at the White House on Thursday with President Donald Trump.
After a four-year break, Prague City Hall will once again join the Flags for Tibet initiative, expressing support for Tibetan independence. On Wednesday Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib is also set to meet with the head of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, who is in the Czech capital to attend the One World Documentary Film Festival.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will meet with business leaders and
academics at the start of a three-day official visit to the US.
On Wednesday he is due to hold talks at the US Chamber of Commerce and visit the University of Maryland.
On Thursday the Czech prime minister will meet for talks with President Donald Trump at the White House.
The meeting should cover cyber-security, the fight against terrorism, and maintaining barrier-free trade between the US and Europe.
The prime minister is also due to visit the CIA headquarters.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has left for an official visit to the
US. On Thursday the Czech prime minister is due to hold talks with
President Trump at the White House.
According to the Czech Office of the Government the meeting should cover cyber-security, the international situation, and maintaining barrier-free trade between the US and Europe. The prime minister is also due to visit the CIA headquarters.
Andrej Babiš is the first Czech prime minister in eight years to be invited for talks to the White House.
Prime Minister Babiš also wants to make use of the opportunity to further bilateral cooperation in the fields of science and research.
On Wednesday he is scheduled to hold meetings with representatives of American universities and research institutions.
On Monday, the Czech daily Deník N came out with a story that an official at the Russian Embassy is renting out hundreds of flats owned by the Czech state to tenants in Prague. The flats are available to the Russian state through a decades old agreement, but renting them to third persons may be breaking diplomatic rules.
The Russian Embassy in Prague has been profiting from the lease of hundreds
of flats in Prague 6 which were intended for Russian diplomats, Czech Radio
reported on Monday citing the news site Denik N.
The flats belong to the Czech state and were allotted to the Russian Embassy for its diplomats for an unspecified period of time before the fall of communism in 1989.
According to Denik N the flats are being leased to people without a contract and they are paying rent in cash directly to the Russian Embassy.
This activity is reportedly documented by a number of ads offering the flats for rent.
According to former Czech foreign minister Cyril Svoboda, it is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says an invitation to the White House for a
meeting with President Donald Trump actually applies to the Czech Republic
and not just to him personally. Speaking on Tuesday after a discussion with
President Milos Zeman about the visit – which is scheduled for Thursday
next week – Mr. Babiš said the head of state had been pleased by the
news it would take place, Novinky.cz reported.
The prime minister said that Mr. Zeman had chiefly discussed the economic interests of the Czech Republic and Europe with regard to the US during their 90-minute conversation.
Earlier in the day Mr. Babiš had told reporters that his meeting with Mr. Trump would focus on cooperation within the framework of NATO, economic relations with the US, cyber security and the situations in Venezuela and Syria.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček has expressed the Czech
Republic’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
integrity and deep concern about the plight of millions of effectively
Speaking at a high-level session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Minister Petříček said Czech observers would monitor the Ukrainian presidential elections as part of the OSCE mission. He reiterated Czech support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, widely recognised as the interim president.
He also noted that the Czech Republic was the driving force behind the council resolution on Equal Participation in Political and Public Affairs adopted in September 2018 and encouraged states to use the new guidelines for the effective implementation of the right to participate in public affairs.
Minister Petříček also congratulated Cambodia, the Czech Republic’s priority partner country, on new initiatives promoting public participation in law and policy decisions. But he said Cambodia could do more to create space for civil society and a free press.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is on a working visit to
the United States, on Friday met for talks with his US
counterpart,Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The two officials discussed cyber-security, the situation in Syria and Afghanistan and the US administration’s stated intention to impose tariffs on European car-makers.
Minister Petříček tweeted shortly after the meeting that the two sides had praised the state of bilateral relations and cooperation in third countries. He said he had taken a strong stand against tariffs and a possible trade war between Europe and the US, expressing the hope that this scenario could be averted in the coming weeks and months.
The Czech foreign minister said the US had welcomed the fact that the Czech Republic took cyber-security and the warnings regarding the Chinese company Huawei seriously.
He said he had extended an invitation for US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit the Czech Republic.
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