Joint Statement on Czech-Israeli Intergovernmental Consultations
On May 22, the Governments of the Czech Republic and the State of Israel Held the 4th Intergovernmental Consultations in JerusalemJune 13th, 2016
Reflecting the strong basis of the longstanding cooperation and mutual interest in further deepening their strategic partnership, both countries affirmed their emphasis on strengthening bilateral ties based on bonds of friendship and trust.
The wide variety of topics was discussed between government members of both countries and the consultations chaired by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka, and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu. Both sides also highlighted cooperation in new areas, such as science, cyber security, technology and innovation.
In the field of Science, Research and Technology, the governments will continue the appreciated long-standing cooperation in the area of fundamental and applied research. The governments welcome the appointment of a Scientific, R&D and Innovation Attaché of the Czech Republic to Israel, whose mission is to reinforce closer cooperation in R&D between the Czech Republic and the State of Israel. Both sides reiterated their intention to strengthen joint participation in the EU-Framework Programme “Horizon 2020” and other R&D initiatives. In the field of International Relations both sides will continue with cooperation and emphasised the need to further develop strong relations between Israel and the EU. Both also share the belief that a just and lasting solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict must and can be reached as a result of direct negotiations. Among the mentioned topics, were also Defence and National Security, Holocaust Remembrance, Higher Education, Youth, Social Affairs, Health, Culture, Environmental Protection and Tourism. Additionally, the Declaration of Intent on International Development Cooperation between Czech Development Agency (CzDA) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) was signed. The purpose is to cooperate in the field of development, share information about activities and pursue joint activities in the field of development cooperation.
Both governments wish to see the continuation of this dialogue and set the date for the next intergovernmental consultations, in 2018.
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Veronika Mecnarowska, CD News