Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s ongoing visit to the United States has been marked by efforts to boost his country’s standing with the US administration. The country’s reputation in Washington has suffered after several senior Czech officials signalled the abandonment of a human-rights driven foreign policy shaped during the presidency of Václav Havel.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who is on a four-day visit to the United States, met with the US Vice President Joe Biden in the White House on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by the chairman of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček. Mr Sobotka said after the meeting that it underscored the good relations between the Czech Republic and the US. He also said that Mr Biden acknowledged the Czech Republic’s efforts in the area of human rights.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who is on a four-day visit to the United States, is set to meet with vice president Joe Biden in the White House on Tuesday. Mr Sobotka along with his delegation, including former Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg and former First Lady Dagmar Havlová, on Monday attended a concert of the Czech Philharmonic at the National Cathedral in Washington to mark the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The Czech Prime Minister is also set to unveil a bust of Václav Havel in the Capitol Building, where Mr. Havel addressed a joint session of Congress in February 1990.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, will meet U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a four-day visit to the United States, the Czech Office of the Government confirmed on Friday. The meeting is set to take place at the White House on November 18, the day before the Czech government leader attends the unveiling of a bust of Václav Havel at the House of Representatives in Washington. Czech diplomats had been seeking to organize a meeting with Mr. Biden for some months.
A bust of the late Czech president Václav Havel is due to be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol’s Freedom Foyer on November 19, the ctk news agency reports citing the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner. The unveiling ceremony has been scheduled to take place on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. In 1990, the late Czech president delivered one of his most famous speeches before the U.S. Congress. The bust of the legendary Czech dissident-playwright-turned-president will reside in Freedom Foyer those of alongside those of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Andrew Schapiro, the designated new United States ambassador to the Czech Republic, is to arrive in the country to assume his post, writes ČTK. Mr Schapiro, who possesses Czech roots, will replace outgoing ambassador Norman Eisen, who has been in the post since 2011. Schapiro was nominated to the position back in March - the precise date he will present his credentials to the Czech president is not yet known.
The US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Norman Eisen, is set to leave Prague later this month, after three and a half years in office. In our special programme, Ambassador Eisen discusses the state of the Czech-US relations, his involvement in Czech anti-corruption battle and human rights efforts, as well as his personal reflections of his time in Prague. I sat down with Norman Eisen at the US ambassador’s residence, and first asked him what he thought his biggest accomplishments were.
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Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will visit the United States in November where he will attend the unveiling of a bust of the late president Vaclav Havel in the U.S. Congress, the ctk news agency reports. The unveiling ceremony has been scheduled to take place on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. In 1990, the late Czech president delivered one of his most famous speeches before the U.S. Congress.
US Internet giant Amazon has given up plans to build a distribution centre in a Brno industrial zone and is looking for other locality in Central and Eastern Europe, Amazon´s spokesman for the Czech Republic Karel Taschner has told the Czech News Agency. Amazon was promising investment of almost 3 billion crowns and creation of 1,500 jobs in Brno. Locals, however, expressed concern over increased road traffic which they consider to be beyond tenable already. The Amazon spokesman for the Czech Republic made clear that Amazon was still open to looking for further opportunities in the Czech Republic, given European market growth. One project is going ahead: the construction of Amazon´s distribution centre in Dobroviz near Prague, set to begin in the near future.
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