Prague, February 9: The Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Wednesday announced that the Czech Republic will provide aid to Iraq until the country needs it. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka after a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari also said that the Czech Republic also wants to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq after the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation is defeated, Sobotka (Social Democrats CSSD).
Notably, The Czech Republic has already supported Iraq in its fight against IS. It has also supplied ammunition and the L-159 combat aircraft to Iraq. Last year, Czech Republic sent a financial aid worth 38 million crowns to Iraq. The Czech field surgical team works in the country and an aviation advisory team helps train Iraqi pilots.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim al-Jaafari expressed the Iraqi government’s readiness to provide all the diplomatic support and looking forward to more cooperation and exchanging the memorandum of trades. He called on Czech firms to invest in Iraq more intensively so that the economy of both the countries would flourish.
Interestingly, Jaafari has been the first Iraqi foreign affairs minister to visit the Czech Republic since 2007. He met Senate chairman Milan Stech (CSSD) and had talks with his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD) later. He also appreciated the aid of Czech doctors in Iraq as well as the Czech government's support for the reconstruction of the country. Last week, Iraqi parliament deputy chairman Humam Hamoudi arrived in the Czech Republic to hold diplomatic talks which were fruitful in many terms.