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President Park, Prime Minister Sobokta agree on strategic partnershipAt the summit meeting at Cheong Wa Dae

President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic had a summit meeting at the Presidential Mansion of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Feb. 26, 2015, and adopted a joint statement concerning the establishment of Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The Czech Republic is the 20th country to form the strategic partnership with Korea.

▲ President Park Geun-hye (right foreground) shakes hands with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic

In the joint declaration, the two Presidents agreed to hold consultations on a regular basis on political and security cooperation and to increase the exchange of high-ranking personalities between the two countries and support the agreement of the Korea-Visegrad (V4). They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the cyber security and control of crime.
Korea and the Czech Republic also signed an MOU on the expansion of cooperation in foreign affairs, national defense and railroad transportation.
The agreement in the railroad transportation includes Korea’s participation in the high-speed railroad construction projects in the Czech Republic.
Korea also expressed its interest in the nuclear power plant construction projects in the Czech Republic.
President Park and Prime Minister Sobotka then shared mutual concern over North Korea’s weapons programs and agreed to make joint efforts to help improve the human rights situation in North Korea.

▲ Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic (third from left) speaks with President Park Geun-hye (fourth from right) in a pleasant atmosphere with smiles on the faces of the two leaders.

▲ President Park (right) shakes hands with Prime Minister Sobotka of the Czech Republic.

▲ President Park (left foreground) shakes hands with each member of the Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Sobotka.

▲Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (seated at right) signs an agreement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaoralek of the Czech Republic with the leade4s of the two countries in the background.

▲ Defense Minister Han Min-koo of Korea (seated at right) signs an MOU with Deputy Minister Tomas Kuchta of Defense of the Czech Republic (seated at left) for cooperation in the defense sector. President Park Geun-hye and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (third from right and second from left, respectively) look on in the backdrop.

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