President Biden welcomed Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala to the White House today.  President Biden congratulated the Czech Republic, a stalwart Ally, on celebrating 25 years in NATO and on the recent passage of legislation requiring it to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense.  The leaders reaffirmed their iron-clad commitment to the NATO Alliance, which makes us all safer.  President Biden also welcomed the Czech decision earlier this year to purchase 24 U.S. F-35s, a $4.5 billion deal that contributes to U.S. jobs, bolsters the Czech Republic’s defense modernization, and deepens the U.S.-Czech defense relationship.

The leaders underscored their unwavering support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s brutal invasion.  They also coordinated on challenges in the Middle East. The two condemned the blatant and unprecedented attacks against Israel by Iran and its proxies.  They also discussed Israel’s right to self-defense against the threats it faces in accordance with international law and efforts to expand humanitarian aid to Gaza.  The leaders also spoke about the U.S.-Czech energy security relationship, deepening strategic ties, and shared democratic values.  President Biden and Prime Minister Fiala also announced their countries’ intent to sign a memorandum of understanding on countering foreign information manipulation that will help defend democratic institutions from foreign disinformation.


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