The Czech Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrej Karlov, saying the attack is a grave violation of the inviolability of diplomatic representatives and an assault on the rules of international law governing the work of diplomats worldwide. The attack is all the more despicable in light of the fact that the mission of diplomats is to seek understanding through peaceful negotiations, the ministry said in a statement published on its web page. The ministry said the Czech Republic would continue to support the war on terror in every way possible.
The fate of two Czechs detained in Turkey last month, facing potential terrorism charges, is far from certain but Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, on an official visit to Ankara has indicated there is reason for cautious optimism. Following talks with his Turkish counterpart, the minister said he saw a willingness on the part of the local authorities to accommodate the Czech Republic.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, says he is optimistic with regard to a Czech couple facing terrorism charges in Turkey. Speaking after talks with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara on Tuesday, he said he saw willingness on the part of the local authorities to be accommodating to the Czech Republic. Miroslav Farkas and Markéta Všelichová were arrested in Turkey last month. Both say they have been involved in Syria with Kurdish group YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist organisation. Mr. Zaorálek said the Czech Embassy in Turkey was working every day on their behalf.
The Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, has travelled to Turkey for a one-day visit. The Czech foreign policy chief is due to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on a range of subjects, including Czech-Turkish and Turkish-European Union relations and other matter relating to foreign policy. Mr. Zaorálek is also set to meet the speaker of the Grand National Assembly, Ismail Kahraman, and other senior local officials.
A consignment of humanitarian aid has arrived in Syria from the Czech Republic, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The delivery – jointly organised by the state and the Czech Red Cross – includes powdered milk, a dialysis machine, four defibrillators and children’s toys. It was brought to the war-torn state on a Czech Army plane and is the latest consignment within a long-term programme aimed at delivering aid to Syria in the 2016–2019 period. The materials will be distributed by the local Red Crescent, including to the besieged city of Aleppo. A group of five Czech MPs also travelled to Syria on the army plane; they were due to hold talks with senior local officials, including the foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem.
The Kurdish group People’s Protection Units, or YPG, have closed an office they set up in Prague in the spring of this year, Právo reported on Monday. The organisation failed in their bid to establish ties with Czech politicians and win support for recognition of the Kurds as a nation, the newspaper said. A Czech political scientist said Prague regarded the Syria-based YPG as being connected to Kurdish groups the PYD and PKK, which the EU and US have dubbed terrorist organisations.
Following the end of most sanctions earlier this year, Iran is one of the most courted countries in the world due to its booming economic prospects. The Czech Republic is seeking a piece of the prospective action with a top level Iranian delegation in Prague on Friday to chart how bilateral economic ties can develop further.
US president-elect Donald Trump has invited the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, to the White House, according to Mr. Zeman’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, who said the two men had spoken by telephone on Tuesday. He said Mr. Trump had praised the fact that the Czech head of state had been the only European president who had publicly supported him prior to November’s election in the United States. The end of April is being spoken about as a possible date for the visit. For his part, America’s president-elect has accepted an invitation from Miloš Zeman to come to the Czech Republic, Mr. Ovčáček said. The pair’s conversation also took in Islamic terrorism and political and economic cooperation between their countries, he added.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu” or “In praise of opportunism”. Its author, Czech diplomat Marek Toman, a guest in Radio Prague’s Czech Books programme earlier this year, works at the ministry and knows the building inside out. I began by asking him how he came up with the idea to make the actual palace the narrator of his latest
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