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Minister Lipavský Discussed Cyber Security in Australia and Met with Compatriots
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Minister Lipavský Discussed Cyber Security in Australia and Met with Compatriots


Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský continued his tour of the Indo-Pacific in Canberra and Sydney. The Czech diplomatic chief met with the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, David Hurley, and the Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, Clare O'Neil. He also discussed security issues with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles.

"At a time when truth and falsehood are clashing and the digital landscape is becoming a battlefield, it is essential that we unite against multilateral foreign interference," Jan Lipavský said after his meeting with the Minister of the Interior and Cyber Security.

In Canberra, Lipavsky also held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Richard Marles. "The meeting, which was very open and frank, was mainly about Russian aggression against Ukraine and tensions in the Indo-Pacific. I stressed that recent events show that security in Europe directly translates into security here in the region and vice versa," the Minister Lipavský explained. Minister Lipavský also held a meeting with the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Tim Watts.

Two meetings with compatriots were also an important part of the Minister's visit to Australia. The first ever meeting between the local expatriate community and the Czech Foreign Minister took place at the Embassy in Canberra. Minister Lipavský opened an exhibition of works by young Czech artists and praised the work of the Beseda Compatriot Association and the Czech School in Canberra. The children from the Czech school presented him with drawings as a souvenir.

The head of Czech diplomacy then presented the representatives of Sokol in Sydney with gifts from the Bohemians Praha football club and then answered a number of questions from the audience. Among other things, the Minister was asked about the postal vote and relations with Slovakia.

As before in Canberra, Minister Lipavský also mentioned to the compatriots in Sydney the amendment to the Citizenship Law, which should regulate the conditions for acquiring citizenship from ancestors in a so-called simplified way.