Zeman, Xi Jinping discuss Czech-Chinese business in Sochi


07.02.2014 11:27

Sochi - Bilateral support to investments and encouragement of economic relations were on the agenda of the talks between Czech President Milos Zeman and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during their meeting in Sochi today, presidential spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has told CTK.


Prezident republiky Miloš Zeman (druhý zleva) se sešel 7. února v dějišti zimních olmpijských her Soči s prezidentem Ázerbajdžánské republiky Ilhamem Alijevem (třetí zleva). Vlevo je český velvyslanec v Rusku Vladimír Remek. ČTK KPR/Jiří Ovčáček

During the 45-minute conversation, Zeman informed Xi Jinping about the plan to stage a meeting of the Warsaw Initiative in Prague later this year, Ovcacek said.

The forum for the meetings of prime ministers of 16 central and eastern European countries is to support the region's deeper cooperation with China.

The first such a meeting was held in Warsaw in April 2012.

Along with the Czech Republic, it was attended by Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The latest summit of the Warsaw Initiative was held in Bucharest last November.

Zeman and Xi Jinping also agreed on the renewal of the work of the Czech-Chinese commission for economic cooperation that previously met in 2009.

Xi Jinping invited Zeman to China and Zeman invited Xi Jinping to the Czech Republic, Ovcacek said.

Zeman also met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev whom he invited to the celebrations of the fifth anniversary of Eastern Partnership in Prague in April, he added.

Zeman appreciated Baku's contribution to the fight against Islamist fundamentalism, voicing the view that the issue should be included in the discussion at the Prague meeting.

Eastern Partnership, focused on the cooperation of the EU with former Soviet countries, was started by a summit in Prague in 2009.

It has been joined by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The meeting between Zeman and Aliyev also paid attention to economic cooperation.

Zeman highlighted the fact that the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries increased by 300 percent in the past five years.

Zeman also met Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon.

Zeman accepted an invitation to visit Tajikistan at the end of the year, Ovcacek said.

A mixed Czech-Tajik commission will meet to resolve the remaining problems of the Tajik debt to Czech companies, he added.

Zeman praised Rahmon's role during the civil war in Tajikistan in the 1990s and his contribution to the fight against international terrorism, Ovcacek said.

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