GMA-Fischer Meeting to Fortify RP-Czech Ties

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GMA-Fischer Meeting to Fortify RP-Czech Ties


President Arroyo on Monday met with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer “to fortify” the Philippines’ 36-year- old diplomatic ties with the Czech Republic, as well as its partnership with the European Union (EU).Deputy presidential spokeswoman Lorelei Fajardo said Fischer’s two-day visit signaled his government’s commitment to further strengthen not only the political and economic but also the people-to-people relations between the two countries.She said in Monday’s bilateral meeting, both leaders tackled ways to boost relations in international fora, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union.The Czech Republic is holding the rotating EU presidency until June 30.Earlier, Fischer bestowed medal awards on six Filipinos for exemplary contributions to the friendly relations between the Czech Republic and the Philippines.The awardees were Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alberto Romulo, Sir Virgilio Esguerra, Supreme Commander of the Knights of Rizal; Prof. Consolacion Alaras, for promoting the ideas of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and friend Ferdinand Blumentritt of then Czechoslovakia in her lectures in the University of the Philippines (UP); Irene Bernadette Gregorio, managing director of Czech Airlines, who is a half-Filipino and half-Czech citizen; former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Henrietta de Villa, for promoting the Sto. Niño de Praga and for being a symbol of religiosity; and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., for his human rights advocacy, particularly on Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and for the promotion of Czech Republic’s culture and tourism. …

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