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NATO Secretary General to visit Czech Republic in September

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Prague, Aug 26 (CTK) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit the Czech Republic in September, the Government Office has written on its website, adding that the Czech cabinet approved Stoltenberg’s September 9-10 visit Wednesday.

Stoltenberg will arrive on the invitation of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD).

“The main issue on the agenda of their talks will be NATO’s adaptation to the changing security conditions,” the Government Office wrote.

Sobotka and Stoltenberg will also discuss NATO’s Readiness Action Plan that was approved by the NATO summit in Wales last year, Prague’s contribution to its implementation and on the preparation of the next NATO summit to be held in Warsaw in July 2016.

Apart from Sobotka, the talks will be attended by Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), Deputy Prime minister for science and research Pavel Belobradek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL), Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD).

Stoltenberg is also to meet Czech President Milos Zeman.

Stoltenberg took up the post of NATO Secretary General in October 2014.

The last Czech trip by the NATO head was Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s visit to Prague in April 2014.

At its meeting Wednesday, the Czech cabinet also discussed the visit to Prague by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

He will arrive on September 3, also to sign a bilateral agreement on the establishment of the cultural centres aimed to enahance Czech-Turkish cooperation in the areas of culture, arts, language, education, science, technologies and tourism, the Czech Foreign Ministry announced.

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