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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas in Prague December 3, 2012.

The United States and the Czech Republic have enjoyed a close cooperative relationship over the past two decades.

The United States and the Czech Republic have enjoyed a close cooperative relationship over the past two decades. “Our friendship dates back to the earliest days of the Czech Republic,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a recent visit to Prague. “It is based on a mutual respect and shared interests founded on three pillars – security cooperation; economic, civil-nuclear, science, and technology cooperation; and cooperation based on our shared values, particularly in the promotion of democracy and human rights around the world.”

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Hundreds of Czech troops are deployed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led ISAF coalition, helping the Afghan people build a stable future for their country, noted Secretary Clinton.

As well, the Czech Republic serves as the United States protecting power in Syria, meaning it represents the interests of the United States there. This “is essential for our shared effort to help the Syrian people bring an end to their suffering and the beginning of a new democratic transition,” said Secretary Clinton.

Equally important is our cooperation on energy. While the Czech Republic has a large supply of domestic energy, it still is reliant on single energy suppliers for imported fuel.

That is why Czech and American scientists are already working together on energy research, with particular emphasis on civil nuclear energy research and development. To facilitate and coordinate the joint work, the U.S. and the Czech Republic are establishing in Prague a Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center.

Because the United States favors supporting investments that produce tangible benefits for the people of both countries, and hopes to spur greater cooperation on civil-nuclear power between the two countries, we hope that in the future, U.S. and Czech workers and companies will work together on expanding Czech nuclear facilities. “The United States is the largest non-European foreign direct investor in the [Czech] Republic, and we hope to make that even bigger,” said Secretary Clinton.

“The American people have a great deal of affection and respect for how far the Czech Republic has come in the past two decades. And we will continue to support continuing progress and prosperity and our shared values that are rooted in our common experience and history.”