Overview of the fourth consultation round of the government of Israel and the government of the Czech Republic in Jerusalem (G2G – 2016)

The consultation process between the governments of the Czech republic and Israel continue and the 4th consultation round took place in Jerusalem on May 22th, 2016 in the government to government (G2G) framework. This consultation round hosted both the Prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic , Bohuslav Sobotka. This meeting was executed as part of a series of similar meetings that have been taking place annually since 2012 in Israel and in the Czech Republic in rotation. In the previous meetings, the governments of Israel and the Czech Republic have signed several agreements for mutual cooperation in various fields such as: social and medical care, security, science and culture. It is important to note that the Czech Republic pioneered scientific collaboration with Israel and is the first country to appoint a Czech diplomat in Israel focusing on the cyber warfare field. In recent years, the Czech Republic has become known as one of Israel’s best allies in Europe and is well known for supporting Israel in various international forums.

This meeting reflected the ongoing and solid base of the multi-year cooperation between Israel and the Czech republic and expressed the mutual interests of both states in maintaining the strategic partnership between those two countries, as well as the depth and magnitude of the interstate dialogue which is routinely involves high ranking officials in both countries. Both Prime Ministers emphasized during this meeting the importance of the cooperation between Israel and the Czech republic and both stressed that the relationships between the two countries is based upon continuous connections of friendship and trust. They offered congratulations for the many new areas of cooperation between the countries, such as science and technology and expressed the mutual desire of both states in maintaining and expanding the current cooperation to new fields. In this round of consultations, 5 new agreements were signed concerning the following fields: cyber protection, tourism, international cooperation, a 3 year cooperation in science, culture and education as well as cooperation in the fields of technology, science and innovation.