Prague, Aug 26 (CTK) – Czech President Milos Zeman has accepted the invitation of U.S. Ambassador Stephen King to an official luncheon on August 28, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s birth, the Presidential Office announced in a press release today.
The meeting is to symbolically remember the role of the USA in the establishment of the country. Zeman will also speak with King also about the current themes of Czech-American relations, the Presidential Office said.
“It will be an exceptional and extraordinary social event with the ambassador to the Czech Republic, whereby the president will symbolically appreciate the role of the USA in the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia, which we are remembering this year. Independent Czechoslovakia would have never been established without the contribution of the USA and President [Woodrow] Wilson, who backed the ambitions of the central European nations,” the Presidential Office wrote.
In January 1918, Wilson presented a 14-point programme that became the basis of Europe’s organisation after the First World War. The points included the right to self-determination of the individual nations, which served as the basis for the breakdown of Austria-Hungary and the formation of independent Czechoslovakia.
Apart from the symbolic meaning, current international topics will be discussed that the meeting, as well as bilateral matters. The president will particularly devote attention to the possibilities and perspectives of economic cooperation between the Czech Republic and the USA,” the Presidential Office added.
The meeting is to be held on Tuesday, at 13:00, at the residence of the US ambassador.