Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has invited members of the US Congress
in the "Friends of the Czech Republic" group to visit Prague
after the European elections in May.
He extended the invitation to the bipartisan group, whose members have constituencies with significant Czech communities, on Friday, the last day of his official visit to Washington.
Earlier in the day, Mr Babiš laid a wreath in honour of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed when a hijacked plane crashed into the building.
He was accompanied by the US Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, with whom he discussed the joint fight of American and Czech soldiers against international terrorism. They also discussed cooperation to modernise the Czech Armed Forces.
The Czech Prime Minister also met officers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and representatives of major US Jewish organisations.
Czech PM Andrej Babiš held talks with President Donald Trump at the White
House on Thursday.
At a press conference after the meeting, Mr Babiš said he felt that he had
a personal rapport with Mr Trump, and that he had invited him and his
daughter Ivanka to visit the Czech Republic.
He also said that he had appealed to Mr Trump not to introduce new tariffs on trade between the EU and the US, which could harm the Czech Republic. The two also talked about cooperation on matters of defence and security.
The White House meeting was the highlight of the Czech PM’s three-day visit to the United States, which also included a meeting with CIA officials at Langley.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has held talks with the American
President Donald Trump in the White House. It was the first visit of a
Czech prime minister since Petr Nečas met with President Barrack Obama in
The topics on the agenda included American tolls on European cars, security cooperation and the situation in Syria, where the Czech Republic is the only country to have an embassy. At the start of the meeting, Mr Babiš told the US head of state he had a plan to make the Czech Republic great again, hinting at President Trump’s first State of the Union address. He also said the two countries had been allies since the United States helped to establish Czechoslovakia 100 years ago.
President Trump praised the Czech Republic as a creative country, which was doing well economically as well as in other respects.
The White House meeting was the highlight of the Czech PM’s three day visit to the United States, which also included a meeting with CIA officials at Langley.
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.
The head of the National Cyber Security Office (NÚKIB) may be replaced due
to political pressure, the daily Mladá fronta Dnes reports.
Dušan Navrátil has been under fire since the Office issued a binding warning against ministries using Huawei’s products. The Chinese company threatened to sue after the Office did not rescind the warning.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has criticised Mr Navrátil for allegedly initially failing to explain his warning to the technology company.
Huawei has also been publicly backed by President Miloš Zeman, who has long promoted close business cooperation with China.