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Czech new foreign policy concept envisages developing economic cooperation with Russia

April 13, 2015, 10:33 UTC+3 PRAGUE
The concept will be in force for five years
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Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek

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PRAGUE, April 13. /TASS/. The new concept of Czech foreign policy envisages development of trade and economic cooperation with Russia, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Monday.

"The concept will be in force for five years," Zaoralek said, noting that the draft is expected to be approved by the government.

Relations with Russia will be high on agenda at an upcoming meeting with Czech President Milos Zeman devoted to discussing the draft foreign policy concept. "It is important for the president that the document contains a point on economic cooperation with Russia. It means that contacts with this country will be maintained," the president’s press secretary Jiri Ovcacek said.

In its new foreign policy concept, the Czech Republic will make commitments to protect human rights at an international level. This concerns China in particular. The draft document envisages raising the issue of human rights at upcoming talks between the Czech leadership and China’s high-ranking officials. It is expected that the issue will be on the agenda at negotiations in the framework of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s visit to China in the second half of the year.

Israel was added to the list of Czech Republic’s strategic partners, according to the new foreign policy concept. US is considered to be "the main guarantor of Euro-Atlantic security," the draft document says.

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