“I don’t understand why anyone would criticize the V4. This four-nation bloc has played a key role in the fight against illegal immigration. V4 is important and they are our biggest partners in terms of exports and imports and there are historical links. It would be a shame if the bloc was broken. I hope the Prime Minister realizes Next is how important the bloc is,” Babis said at Kbely Airport in Prague, before leaving for the V4 meeting in Hungary, who is currently chairing the group.
In Budapest, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, together with the President of South Korea, will discuss, for example, mutual cooperation, climate change or mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prime Minister (Victor) Orban wants V4 in some way to boost financial assistance from the EU to Egypt, which is the most active in stopping migrants,” Babis outlined one potential topic.
The South Korean president is attending the V4 Summit for the second time, for the first time in 2015 in Prague. For the Czech Republic, the priority topics for establishing and deepening cooperation in the fields of trade, science and energy are towards South Korea.
A joint press conference for all five participants will be held at noon. Lunch will follow. In the afternoon, Babis will sit at the table first with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szygärt and then with the President of South Korea. He returned early in the evening to the Czech Republic.
“South Korea is very important to us, as it is one of the largest investors in the Czech Republic. And of course, one of the potential suppliers of the core,” said the Prime Minister. When Babis last met Moon Chi-in three years ago in Prague, there was talk, among other things, about nuclear power regarding South Korean KHNP’s interest in completing nuclear units in the Czech Republic.
This is one of the last, and perhaps the last foreign trip of Andrej Babis as Prime Minister. On Monday, after the October elections, a new House of Representatives will be created, after which the Babis government will resign to hand over power to the new prime minister, DDP Chairman Peter Fiala.
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