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.
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.
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.
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.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is on an official visit to
the US, is due to meet for talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on
The two sides are expected to discuss trade relations, in particular the tariffs that the US administration is planning to impose on European car makers, cyber-security, and the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, among others.
It is the first visit by a Czech foreign minister to the US since 2012.
Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček is due to visit Washington this month to discuss a bilateral and global issues with the U.S. secretaries of state and defence, and President Trump’s national security advisor. Cybersecurity issues – not least concerning Chinese telecoms giant Huawei – are high on the Czech agenda. So too is securing an invitation to the White House.
During a trip to Washington, the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš
Petříček, will discuss the possibility of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
meeting President Donald Trump at the White House, Hospodářské noviny
reported on Thursday. Mr. Petříček will raise the matter with his US
counterpart, Mike Pompeo, in late February.
Mr. Petříček told Hospodářské noviny that the Czech authorities’ stance toward Chinese telecoms giant Huawei had helped to bring about the possible meeting with Mr. Trump, which is mooted for this spring.
Organisations crucial to the running of the Czech state have been ordered to review their use of Huawei products in view of a potential security risk. The US authorities have accused the Chinese firm of the theft of technology and other crimes.