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30. 9. 2015 23:54

Prime Minister Sobotka met with U.S. Vice President Biden in New York

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the end of a two-day working visit to New York. The meeting took place after a summit dedicated to the fight against the Islamic State and violent extremism, where Sobotka was invited by U.S. President Barack Obama to represent the Czech Republic.

Premiér Sobotka a ministr zahraničních věcí Zaorálek se setkali s americkým viceprezidentem Bidenem, 29. září 2015.
Premier Sobotka and Foreign Minister Zaorálek met with U.S. Vice President Biden, 29 September 2015.

Sobotka's discussion with Biden mainly revolved around the need to continue to fight the Islamic State.

"Vice President Biden expressed appreciation for the Czech Republic's active stance on the fight against terrorism. In particular, he cited our ammunition supplies to the region, which provide vital assistance at this stage of the conflict with the Islamic State. We also debated the situation in Syria. I emphasized that for the Czech Republic, as well as for the European Union as a whole, it is important to reach an agreement with a view to terminating the civil war in that country. I also assured Vice President Biden that the Czech Republic is prepared to continue to take active part in the fight against the Islamic State," reported Sobotka after the meeting.

After the summit, the Czech premier met with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi. They discussed economic cooperation between the two countries and, more importantly, the current situation in Iraq, where the Islamic State has its main base of operations. Sobotka assured the Iraqi premier that the Czech Republic would continue to support Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State.

Prime Minister Sobotka attended two security summits during a trip to the U.S. Moreover, he attended the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001, which included two Czech nationals.

Details on the prime minister's trip to the U.S. and additional press releases.

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