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Czech govt reverses ban on Huawei

Qatar Tribune logo Qatar Tribune 27/12/2018 Qatar Tribune
Huawei logo is seen on an android mobile phone.. © Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Huawei logo is seen on an android mobile phone..

THE Czech cyber security watchdog’s warning against devices made by the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, China-based Huawei, are not representative of the Eastern European nation’s government, according Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

The Czech National Security Council reversed the decision in a meeting held on Friday, saying that the ‘security threat’ warning had no tech basis. The council said that the Czech Republic welcomes all kinds of foreign investment.

The National Security Council has denied the warning, Babis told Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jianmin in Prague yesterday. The embassy also made a post online today, saying the Czech Republic welcomes Chinese and other foreign firms to do business or invest there.

Babis ordered his government office to stop using Huawei phones on December 18, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade and other agencies quickly followed suit, the Associated Press reported. That made the Czech Republic the first Eastern European country to ban the Huawei products behind the US, Australia and Japan.

The move was based on the National Cyber and Information Security Agency’s December 17 warning about telecoms equipment made by Huawei and its compatriot rival ZTE, the report added.

Huawei welcomed the government’s reversal of the decision, with Huawei’s President for European Business Li Jian saying he believes “the firm’s cooperation with Czech partners will not be affected”.

Jian hopes “Huawei will not be harmed by baseless accusations again.”

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