Czech politicians have joined in the widespread international condemnation
of the tragic Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.
President Miloš Zeman called the attacks “monstrous”, offering heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš likewise expressed shock over the news saying an attack against believers who had come together to celebrate Easter Sunday was “unbelievable” and “unacceptable”.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček said he was appalled by the tragedy and stressed that the Czech government was ready to help in whatever way possible. Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček also condemned the attacks, offering condolences to the families of the victims and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
According to local police sources the number of people killed in the attacks has now reached 290 with at least 500 people injured.
The Czech Foreign Ministry said it had no news so far indicating that Czech nationals may have been among those killed or injured. It said any Czechs in need on the island should turn to the Czech Embassy in Delhi for help.
Around 400 Czech citizens are currently in Sri Lanka which was hit by a
series of terror attacks in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, Czech
Television reports. The local Czech embassy says no Czechs fell victim to
the attacks which current reports say claimed 185 lives including those of
Czech leaders have reacted to the attacks. President Miloš Zeman expresed his condolences and called the attacks “monstrous”. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the news was “unbelievable” and “unacceptable”. Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček condemned the attacks while also expressing his condolences. He reminded Czechs that the local embassy and consulate are there for them.
A direct flight line connecting Prague with Bangkok could be established by the end of 2019. The plan is the result of a meeting between a Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and representatives of Malaysian airline Air Asia, in Bangkok. If the plan goes ahead the prime minister believes it would help boost trade and tourism.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has set out for South Asia this week. Together with Industry Minister Marta Nováková and a delegation numbering dozens of Czech business representatives, the PM is visiting important economic hubs in the region. Expanding science, research, education and defence cooperation is also on the agenda.
PM Andrej Babiš (ANO), in the midst of a trip to Asia to promote greater
economic cooperation, began a two-day visit to Thailand on Wednesday with
talks with the country’s foreign minister, Pravit Vongsuvan.
He said Thailand will buy 12 Czech military training aircraft of the L-39NG make and the Czech arms industry is looking to make other deals.
Accompanying Mr. Babiš on his Asian trip, which began in Singapore and ends in India, is a delegation of nearly 40 Czech entrepreneurs and Minister of Economic Affairs Marta Nováková (independent).
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with Singapore’s President Halimah
Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday at the start of a
two-day official visit to the Asian state. Mr. Babiš said he saw Singapore
as the centre of economic activity in Southeast Asia.
The Czech PM hopes to primarily discuss trade cooperation in the wider region as well as partnerships in science, research, education and defence. Accompanying the prime minister is a delegation including representatives of 42 Czech companies.
The visit is part of a larger tour that will see the Czech PM also travel to Thailand and India this week. Babiš says that Asia and Africa offer the Czech Republic the opportunity to diversify its exports beyond the European Union.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš leaves on Sunday for a week-long official
visit to Singapore, Thailand and India aimed to help diversify Czech
Mr Babiš will be accompanied by Industry and Trade Minister Marta Nováková and representatives of over 40 Czech companies engaged in energy, health care, engineering and aircraft and defence industries.
Among other things, the Czech Prime Minister is set to meet with his respective counterparts and attend the opening of a new development centre of Škoda Auto India.
Another earthquake occurred in the Cheb area of West Bohemia on Monday
night. The tremors, which reached up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale, were
strongest before midnight, seismologists said. The area around Cheb –
which is in the Karlovy Vary Region – has been experiencing a series of
earthquakes over the last two weeks. However, Monday night’s was likely
the strongest this year.
Tremors were felt in half of the territory of the Czech Republic and in Bavaria, which neighbours West Bohemia.
A Czech tourist was killed after falling off a cliff on the Thai island of Samui, local news sources reported. The man reportedly went into an off-limits area at the Bang Khun Sri waterfall posing on the cliff’s edge for a holiday photo. According to eyewitnesses he lost his footing and fell. The Bang Khun Sri waterfall cliff has been declared off-limits to visitors because the area is accident-prone.
The Moravian-Silesian region in the north-east of the Czech Republic was
struck by a small earthquake at around 4 AM on Sunday. The epicenter of the
quake, with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale, was located near the
town of Hlučín, twelve kilometers below the ground level. No damages or
injuries were reported.
According to Jan Zedník of the Institute of Geophysics at the Czech Academy of Sciences, earthquakes are very rare in Moravia and Silesia. The strongest earthquake to have been felt in the region was in 1935 and measured four degrees on the Richter scale.