Czech President-elect Petr Pavel pledged to strengthen his country’s ties with Taiwan after a phone call with the island’s president and foreign minister.
President Tsai Ing-wen congratulated Pavel on his second-round victory on Saturday over populist billionaire Andrei Babis.
“I thanked her for her congratulations and assured her that Taiwan and the Czech Republic share common values of freedom, democracy and human rights,” Pavel tweeted.
“We have agreed to strengthen our partnership,” added the former general, who chaired NATO’s military committee from 2015 to 2018.
According to him, he “expressed his hope for the possibility of a personal meeting with President Tsai in the future”.
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