Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek on his first official visit to London. They held constructive talks on a wide variety of issues including the situation in Ukraine and EU reform.
On the crisis in Ukraine, both Ministers discussed the need to act with clarity and determination to find a solution. Among other things, this would require the international community to encourage and support the necessary reforms in Ukraine. Looking ahead, the EU and other countries in the region would also need to achieve greater self sufficiency in terms of energy security.
On EU reform, the Foreign Secretary emphasised the importance of improved democratic accountability, including the need to strengthen the role of national parliaments, if EU membership is to have popular support in member states.
The ministers agreed that the UK and the Czech Republic have a strong, broad bilateral relationship and that there is much scope for continued cooperation on shared priorities.