Czech President Miloš Zeman pledged his unwavering support to Israel on Monday during an appearance at the AIPAC lobbying organisation’s annual summit in Washington D.C. Mr. Zeman’s comments, in which he praised Israel as a regional beacon of democracy, come in the wake of a similar position expressed at events marking the anniversary of the Holocaust back in January.
A Czech court has asked the United States for guarantees over the treatment of three suspected terrorist collaborators who are subject to US extradition proceedings. The lead judge at Prague’s Municipal court said that assurances had been sought that the three would not be tortured, subject to unhuman treatment, or subject to solitary confinement. The three were caught trying to sell arms for cocaine by undercover US agents purporting to be members of the Colombian FARC group. The final round of negotiations took place in Prague last April where the three were detained by police. They have been in Czech custody ever since. Two of the men come from the Ivory Coast with the third Lebanese with Ukrainian citizenship.
Police investigating the case of a young American who fell from Prague’s Hlavkov Bridge into the Vltava River and suffered serious injuries have asked potential witnesses to come forward. They are in particular looking for the man who left the American’s wallet and IDs but ran off before the police could question him. The incident happened on New Year’s Eve. The young man fell into the river and was apparently able to swim to shore but because the place was deserted he was left lying helpless in the freezing cold for ten hours before passers-by noticed him. Police say the fall may have been preceded by a fight. The American remains in a coma in hospital.
The organiser of a demonstration against President Miloš Zeman has repeated his assertion that it was not paid for by the U.S. Embassy in Prague. Speaking to iDnes.cz, Martin Přikryl accused Mr. Zeman of manipulation following his comment that a conspiracy theory linking the U.S. Embassy to the protest “could not be ruled out”, though there was no evidence to support it. Mr. Přikryl said the president had failed to rule out a proven lie and had by contrast overlooked evidence that it was untrue. The American Embassy’s “link” to the November 17 “red card” protest was asserted the next day by an obscure website.
The late Czech president, dissident and playwright Václav Havel was honoured by members of the US Congress on Wednesday. A bust of Mr Havel was unveiled at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol in the presence of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Havel’s widow, Dagmar. The ceremony concluded a series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, which toppled the Communist regime.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, has told a deputy foreign minister, Petr Drulák, to respect the country’s foreign policy in the field of human rights. Mr. Drulák has described the policies advocated by Václav Havel, which put a relatively strong emphasis on human rights, as mistaken and harmful to Czech interests. Mr. Sobotka has endorsed Mr. Havel’s views on a four-day trip to the United States linked to events celebrating the late president’s legacy. In recent times the Czech Republic has made marked efforts to improve relations with China, which has been criticised for its human rights record.
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.
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