Czech envoy hails Saudi army specialists

Updated 28 October 2015

Czech envoy hails Saudi army specialists

RIYADH: Czech Republic Ambassador Jiri Slavik hailed Saudi army specialists' track record and recalled fighting alongside Saudi troops during the Gulf War.
Speaking to Arab News on Monday, Slavik said that during the Gulf War, Czech troops took part alongside allies deployed in the Kingdom. Together, they faced the possible risk of exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons, he said.
The envoy said the successful operations of the Czech troops won appreciation from the Saudis and allies, as they were playing a leading role in the fight against chemical warfare on the international frontiers.
“Our common goal is to present our country as a credible and reliable partner, a country with skilled manpower as well as a preferred choice for business and tourism,” he said.
Referring to his country’s national day, the ambassador observed: “This year we celebrate the 97th anniversary of our independence that goes back to 1918. The whole history of the Czech people dates back to the 10th century, nearly 1,000 years ago,” Slavik said, adding, “also this year we also commemorate 700th birth anniversary of Charles IV, the Czech king called the “Father of the Country,” founder of the Charles University in Prague in 1348, the king who influenced the whole European continent.”
“After almost 100 years of its modern history, the Czech Republic has become a modern country in the middle of Europe, a full-fledged member of the EU, NATO and other international organizations.”
He said: “These changes positively influenced relations between the Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia. In 1995, our bilateral diplomatic ties were established and since that time we have found many fields for cooperation.”
The ambassador, referring to the scope for cooperation in various fields, the ambassador said Czech brands are well known in the Kingdom, as industrial products or information technology. Almost everybody in the Kingdom knows Czech spas, Czech rehabilitation centers.
“Other sectors include construction, defense, agriculture (export of food), health and rehabilitation, railway transport, integrated urban transport, education, but we see a lot of opportunities to cooperate in the fields of up-to-date technologies, as nanotechnology, renewable and energy. We will continue to support businesses on both sides and facilitate the B2B meetings either in our country or here in the Kingdom,” he concluded.
“We have a highly qualified Czech staff at Saudi hospitals. We, Czechs, are pleased to welcome Saudi tourists and spa guests to the Czech Republic,” he said.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

Updated 47 min 32 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh.
The king welcomed Abbas and his accompanying delegation to the Kingdom, while the Palestinian president expressed his pleasure in visiting the Kingdom and meeting with the king.
During the reception, the Palestinian president was greeted by a number of princes, ministers and military sector leaders.
King Salman also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.