The Secretary General of the Farnesina, Michele Valensise, has visited Prague for meetings with a number of Czech institutions, including in light of Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s participation in the forthcoming Visegrad Group summit in mid-November.
As the Italian Embassy in Prague reports, Valensise met the Deputy Minister for Political Affairs, Jakub Kulhanek, and the Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ivo Sramek.
International and bilateral issues: Libya, Syria and Iraq and European developments on immigration
Valensise and the Czech ministers discussed issues of international and bilateral interest such as the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq and the most recent European developments on immigration and the flows of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.
As regards the Visegrad Group, which includes the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, common projects designed to foster greater inclusiveness for the Balkan region within the European Union were drawn up.
Valensise also met a group of Czech policy analysts and journalists, and representatives of banks and the principal Italian institutions in Prague.
“I will take away some very positive assessments from this visit”, commented the Secretary General, “not just in terms of political and cultural relations between our two countries, but also in the commercial sphere. Against the background of the constant growth of the Czech economy we can set the excellent result achieved by Italy. With a 10% increase in trade with the Czech Republic, this confirms and strengthens an already positive trend”.