published: 10.12.2013, 11:32 | updated: 10.12.2013 12:52:32
Prague - Livia Klausova, wife of former president Vaclav Klaus, will officially assume the post of Czech ambassador to Slovakia on December 16 when she will hand over her credentials to Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Johana Grohova told CTK today.
Klausova, 70, arrived at the Czech embassy in Bratislava today.
Klausova feels honoured by the possibility to head the Czech embassy in Bratislava, Grohova said.
"During my mission, I want not only to follow up the excellent work of my predecessors, but also to contribute by my work to the preservation of exceptionally good relations between the Czech Republic and Slovakia," the Foreign Ministry´s press section quotes Klausova as saying.
Klaus, Czech president in 2003-2013, will not move to Slovakia with his wife, according to his previous statements. He has been working in his new eponymous institute since he left the presidential post.
President Milos Zeman pushed for Klausova to become ambassador to Slovakia despite the opposition of then foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), who lost the presidential duel to Zeman in January.
Speculations emerged saying Zeman wanted to reward Klausova for support to him in the presidential campaign.
Apart from Klausova, Zeman also insisted on Vladimir Remek, MEP for the Communists (KSCM), the first and only Czechoslovak cosmonaut, to become the new ambassador to Russia.
Remek, who also backed Zeman in the election but his nomination was rejected by Schwarzenberg, is to leave for Moscow at the beginning of 2014.
The dispute between Zeman and Schwarzenberg over Klausova and Remek blocked the process of changes in Czech ambassadorial posts for some time.
It was resolved only after the caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok with foreign minister Jan Kohout was appointed in the summer.
The Rusnok government, which Zeman appointed against the will of the Chamber of Deputies and which did not win its confidence, agreed with the nomination of Klausova and Remek for ambassadors.
Other Czech ambassadors are assuming posts these days.
Diplomat Petr Hladik has become the new ambassador to Jordan, Stanislav Kazecky is heading for the embassy in Portugal, Rudolf Hykl is the ambassador to Malaysia and Ivana Hlavsova is to head the embassy in Serbia, according to CTK sources.
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