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Trump invited PM Babiš to Washington

President of the U.S. Donald Trump has invited Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to Washington in March. It is a culmination of the Czech-U.S. relations, said Babiš.

The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Stephen King announced the news on Twitter. King wrote that Trump has invited Babiš to meet him next month, the meeting is scheduled for March 7th. He added he is expecting an official confirmation soon. Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it a major success for Czech diplomacy.

"I’m pleased to report that President Trump has extended an official invitation to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to visit Washington on March 7th as a symbol of our strong bilateral relationship. A White House announcement is forthcoming soon," King posted on Twitter.

The official confirmation of the White House came the day after. Babiš and Trump are to discuss the mutual relationship, cybersecurity, energetics, and business interests.

Babiš appreciated the invitation and stated it’s a culmination of relations between the Czech Republic and the United States. It is all the more important this year when we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Czechia’s accession to NATO, he said, adding that mutual relations of the two countries have been very intense lately. Paul Ryan, Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Defense had already visited the Czech Republic, I’ve briefly spoken with Mr. President Trump at the NATO summit and in Paris, Babiš added.

Hospodářské noviny speculated that a report from the Czech National Cyber Agency in which it warns against the use of Huawei and ZTE devices made it possible for Babiš to be invited. The U.S. is also interested in some public tenders. For example, the Ministry of Defense considers the purchase of 12 multi-purpose helicopters, and the Westinghouse company might bid for the expansion of the Temelín nuclear power plant.

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