Senior Czech officials issue statement saying policy toward Tibet and China unchanged

The four most senior officials under the constitution have issued a joint statement saying that the fact some Czech politicians met the Dalai Lama is not an expression of a change in the country’s official policy. President Miloš Zeman, Senate chairman Milan Štěch, lower house speaker Jan Hamáček and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that relations between the Czech Republic and China in recent years had been very beneficial and useful and that it was in the country’s interest to continue to develop such relations intensively. Culture Minister Daniel Herman, from the smallest coalition party the Christian Democrats, received the Tibetan spiritual leader on Tuesday morning.