Minister Martin Bartak in Afghanistan

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Martin Bartak visits Afghanistan again.

The goal of his visit is to find out the topical requirements of Afghan government to help local and international efforts in improving security situation in the country in a bid to transfer the power to Afghan people in the end.

Minister Bartak met with Afghan Minister of Interior Hamif Atmar, who asked Czechs to participate more in training of Afghan security corps, especially the Afghan National Police.

The Czech Defence Minister was also received by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. They discussed historical cooperation of both countries namely in industrial development. President Karzai asked for resuming of this cooperation in industry, commerce and also education. At the same time president Kazai asked for exchange of medical especience and namely for consideration of possible studies of Afghan doctors at Czech universities. Bartak and Karzai also discussed possible delivery of Czech L-159 aircraft for Afghan Air Force. Minister Bartak informed the Afghan president of further Czech engagement in Afghanistan.

Minister Martin Bartak met also with his counterpart Andul Radim Wardak. The talks were focused on issues relating to service of Czech provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan. Minister Wardak highly appreciated qualities of Czech soldiers and their contribution to security in Afghanistan. He also praised activities of Czechs in relation with the value of development projects.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Martin Bartak also visited Czech Embassy in Kabul, he inspected its on-going refurbishment and exchanged greetings with soldiers of 601st Special Forces Group, who protect the Czech Embassy grounds.

Author: Lucie Kubovicova, spokeswoman of MoD