Czech Republic and Israel to boost cooperation in science and economy
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Prague for a two-day visit, the first by an Israeli PM to the Czech Republic. Mr Netanyahu and his Czech counterpart, Petr Nečas, discussed ways of boosting cooperation between the two countries in science and research, industry and defence; the officials also praised the excellent relations between both countries.
After the meeting, Mr Nečas told reporters Israel had an innovative, science and research-based economy, and added that its technology incubator projects were especially inspiring. But he would also like to extend Czech-Israeli cooperation to other areas.
“We would like to extend our cooperation in science and technology to universities and academic research centres. We also discussed economic cooperation in several areas, including the defence industry and the cooperation of our armed forces, for instance in training and education.”
“We have decided to have ministerial exchanges between Israel and the Czech Republic. That is, we should have governmental meetings on ministerial level to put all these programmes on a clear schedule and accountability on the part of our ministers; they should do what we ask them to. I think this will accelerate the strengthening of the relations between our two countries.”
The Czech and Israeli prime ministers also praised the history of excellent relations between both countries. Petr Nečas said Israel was an advanced democracy in an unstable region, while Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his host for the country’s unwavering support of the Jewish state.
“You’ve done this time and again, and it’s something that’s appreciated beyond the question of utility. It’s the question of morality and moral rectitude; it’s the question of honouring dignity and truth. You have passed all these tests in ways that I think should serve as an example to many other democracies.
“This is an opportunity, Prime Minister, to say thank you to you, to the government and to the people of the Czech Republic.”