Czech President Zeman resumes foreign trips after illness

Prezident Miloš Zeman.

published: 08.01.2014, 11:19 | updated: 08.01.2014 11:21:17

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman will visit Sochi, Strasbourg, Serbia and Slovenia soon, resuming his foreign trips he discontinued due to his illness at the end of last year, director of the Presidential Office foreign department Hynek Kmonicek told CTK today.

Zeman will first go to Sochi where he will take part in a dinner on the occasion of the opening of the Winter Olympics in early February, Kmonicek said.

He will then travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and to Serbia and Slovenia, he added.

In Prague, Zeman will receive the presidents of Armenia, Uzbekistan, Macedonia and Ukraine, Kmonicek said.

Zeman will meet ten heads of state at the Prague summit of Eastern Partnership and will also receive President of the European Commission Jose Barroso, he added.

"In all, Zeman will meet perhaps 20 presidents of other countries in various forms in the four months to follow. Given his continuing visits to the regions, this is quite a tight schedule," Kmonicek said.

Zeman had a rest for several weeks since he injured his knee at the end of October. He was wheelchair-bound and now he uses a stick.

Next week, Zeman is scheduled to pay a visit to the Karlovy Vary Region, resuming his tour of regions.

Zeman said unlike his German counterpart Joachim Gauck, he would not boycott the Sochi Olympics.

He said he was ready to voice his view on the state of human rights in Russia while there.

U.S. President Barack Obama, Gauck, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and French President Francois Hollande have said they would not go to the Olympics.

Zeman is to take part in the reception of the heads of state in Sochi hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin along with the Russian minister of sport.


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