JAKARTA, 25 March 2016 – Czech Republic will work to strengthen its relations with ASEAN to tap the vast potentials from both sides, said the new Ambassador of the Czech Republic to ASEAN, H.E. Ivan Hotěk, during his presentation of Letter of Credence to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the latter’s office yesterdtoday. Ambassador Hotěk also said that the Czech Republic will also promote cooperation with ASEAN within the ASEAN-EU dialogue framework as well as between the Czech Republic and individual ASEAN Member States.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed Ambassador Hotěk and noted that ASEAN and the Czech Republic could further tap on each other’s potentials to promote substantial cooperation including in the fields of trade and investment. Secretary-General Minh and Ambassador Hotěk also discussed possible ways to further promote business-to-business cooperation. In response, Ambassador Hotěk stressed that the Czech Republic fully supports the resumption of negotiation of region-to-region Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between ASEAN and the EU.

Secretary-General Minh and Ambassador Hotěk aBoth sides alsolso exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concerns.