President Vaclav Havel, who's on a state visit to the United States, has met the US President George Bush in the White House for talks on the fight against terrorism and the upcoming NATO summit which will take place in Prague. Representatives of 19 NATO members together with other 27 countries participating in the Partnership for Peace programme will meet in the Czech capital at the end of November. Mr Havel is accompanied on his visit by Defence Minister Jaroslav Tvrdik, the Czech Ambassador to the US, Martin Palous, and the NATO summit chief organiser, Alexander Vondra. Taking part in the talks are also Mr Bush's National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, and the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Craig Stapleton.
President Vaclav Havel has embarked on a six day official visit to the United States, his last before his term ends in four months' time. Commentators are describing it as a "farewell trip" packed with top level meetings, get togethers with old friends and opportunities for Mr. Havel to use his particular brand of diplomacy to promote human rights and freedom. Earlier today Daniela Lazarova spoke on the phone with Miroslav Konvalina, one of the Czech Radio journalists accompanying the president:
When the United States ambassador to Prague, Craig Stapleton, took up his post at the end of August last year, little could he have suspected what horrors lay ahead for his country. Two weeks later, the World Trade Centre was in ruins and thousands of Mr Stapleton's fellow-citizens had been killed in terrorist attacks. Czech Radio's Pavla Kvapilova spoke to US ambassador Craig Stapleton on Tuesday, and began by asking him what he was doing when he first heard about the attack on New York.
The U.S. embassy in Prague has been more than actively involved in trying to raise U.S. financial aid and humanitarian aid to the Czech Republic, recovering from recent catastrophic floods. Earlier today I spoke to U.S. embassy official Lisa Helling and asked her how the U.S. embassy's activities in finding and providing assistance were developing...
After having visited France and Hungary, the U.S. First Lady, Laura Bush, completed her first official trip abroad without her husband by her side, with four-days in the Czech Republic. On Wednesday, she flew to Berlin to join her husband for an official trip to France, Russia, and Italy. Dita Asiedu looks at the highlights of Mrs Bush's visit:
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