Czechs to take part in Malian, Afghan missions - PM


25.08.2014 13:13

Prague - The Czech Republic will participate in the military mission in Mali, the non-combat mission in Afghanistan and the protection of airspace of its allies in NATO in the next two years, according to the government´s proposal, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Czech ambassadors today.


Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka navštívil 7. srpna prvního místopředsedu vlády a ministra financí Andreje Babiše v pražském sídle jeho úřadu. Na snímku je premiér Bohuslav Sobotka na tiskové konferenci v závěru setkání. ČTK Doležal Michal

Sobotka said the Czechs would join the Afghan assistance mission provided that the necessary agreements with the Afghan government are reached.

The government will submit its plan of foreign missions for 2015 and 2016 to parliament by the end of the year, Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said.

Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD) said participation in foreign missions must have a clear political goal.

Czech chief-of-staff Petr Pavel said previously the Czech army planned to deploy rather small numbers of troops in Sinai, Kosovo and within the EU anti-pirate operation.

Both Sobotka and Zaoralek stated that the Czech Republic is ready to meet its duties in NATO.

The annual meeting of the heads of Czech diplomatic missions started today and it will last five days.

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