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20. 3. 200817:42

Prime minister M. Topolanek Met His Yemeni Counterpart

On Thursday, March 20, 2008, the Czech Premier met his Yemeni counterpart Ali Mohammed Mujawara in the capital San'á. Their talks focused on economic contacts between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Yemen. Premier Mirek Topolánek described Yemen as one of the Czech Republic’s eight priority countries in terms of development cooperation. "We concentrate on areas which, as I presume, are important for your country: water management, power generation, and education. Every year, roughly one million USD is spent on development projects. I believe that this visit will also contribute to a more dynamic development of economic relations. Mutual trade turnover of some 10 million USD can be definitely increased," said Premier Mirek Topolánek.

Both Premiers jointly described good economic contacts as their priorities. "Businessmen connect the world. In most cases they do this better than the politicians. That businessmen come before politicians is corroborated by the fact that our two countries have been cooperating in the economic sphere since gaining their independence after 1918, while our diplomatic relations date back only to 1938," stressed Premier Mirek Topolánek in his address on the occasion of a visit to the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce. Commenting on the development of democracy in both countries, the Czech Premier noted that the most important element setting out a successful course of development of democracy in the future is to surmount the heritage of the past. "In our case I mean the forty years of communist domination, in case of Yemen its unification," concluded Mirek Topolánek.

Pess Department of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic