Andrej Babis, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 19, 2019).Welcoming the Czech Prime Minister to India, the President fondly remembered his own visit to the Czech Republic in September, 2018. He said that India counts the Czech Republic as a key partner in its growth story. He thanked the government of the Czech Republic for hosting the ‘Czech Make in India’ pavilion at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar. He said that there are immense opportunities for Czech technology and manufacturing in India.The President said that along with an economic partnership, defence is a key pillar of India-Czech bilateral relations. He expressed hope that the two countries will move forward from a traditional buyer-seller relationship to one where we can co-develop and co-produce defence equipment.