President of Germany congratulates Czech head of state on re-election

The president of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has followed Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and others in extending his congratulations to the Czech head of state Miloš Zeman who won the election in the Czech Republic at the weekend and will serve a second and final five year term in office.

In his congratulations, President Steinmeier noted that his country and Czechia shared not only historical ties but ties and a commitment to democracy and the lawful state within the European Union and NATO.

Mr Putin congratulated the Czech president earlier, writing that he hoped to continue in successful progress on bilateral and international questions. On Saturday, Mr Zeman defeated challenger Jiří Drahoš by just over 150,000 votes.