February 6, 2024 (Quezon City) – Undersecretary of National Defense (USND) Irineo C. Espino met with H.E. Karel Hejč, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Philippines, and a visiting defense delegation from the Czech Republic during their visit at the Department of National Defense (DND).
The Czech delegation's courtesy call served as a follow-up to Ambassador Hejč's introductory call on Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. in December 2023.
Both countries discussed common security challenges, upholding international law especially focusing on international maritime law, and prospects for long-term defense cooperation under the 2017 Agreement on Defence Cooperation and 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning Cooperation in the Area of Defense Industry and Logistics between the DND and the Czech Ministry of Defence.
The Czech delegation reiterated their country’s support to the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), highlighting their defense products, ranging from small arms to various defense platforms. Ambassador Hejč also expressed keenness to pursue government-to-government cooperation, explore joint manufacturing arrangements, and offer financing options for potential projects.
Both sides looked forward to the upcoming 5th Asia Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Management Exhibition and Conference (ADAS) in September and the DND's hosting of the 2nd Joint Defense Committee (JDC) Meeting on a mutually agreeable date this year.