A cooperation agreement in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was signed in Prague on August 22 by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Jordan.
Addressing a joint press conference, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the agreement is aimed at improving cooperation in research and helping Czech firms have better access to the construction of nuclear reactors planned in Jordan.
In turn, Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki said he and Sobotka also talked about humanitarian aid, trade and the Middle East.
As reported by the Czech News Agency (ČTK), Sobotka described Jordan as one of the key partners of the Czech Republic in the Middle East. “It is an island of stability in the region that is otherwise struck by violent conflicts. We are to support Jordan so that it can remain a stable country,” he said.
Mulki said about 1.4m Syrian refugees have been staying in Jordan and that he appreciated the assistance provided by the Czech Republic.
Sobotka said his country sends some 50m crowns (€ 1.9m) annually to support refugee camps in Jordan.
As reported by ČTK, the Czech government has agreed to send 15m crowns to Jordan for the construction of a training centre for asylum policy. Earlier this year, the country sent 40m crowns for the development of the refugee camp in Azraq, Jordan.
As regards investment, Mulki said Czech firms are welcome in Jordan. He also said the volume of investment needs to increase. In 2016, bilateral trade increased by 62% year-on-year.