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State Counselor to Visit Czech Republic Next Month

By Lin Thant 27 May 2019

PRAGUE—State Counselor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will make an official goodwill visit to the Czech Republic in early June.

During her four-day visit she is set to meet Czech President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček and parliamentarians.

The State Counselor will address the Czech-Myanmar economic forum on June 4. The forum will be attended by Myanmar and Czech businesspeople.

She will also attend the opening of the Myanmar Embassy in Prague. Myanmar once had good diplomatic ties with Prague, but they have weakened since 1989. The Czech Republic and Slovakia formed the country of Czechoslovakia until 1993.

The opening of the embassy is expected to open a new chapter in the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

The Czech Embassy in Yangon re-opened in February 2014. Prague closed its embassy in 1993 and for the following 21 years engaged with Myanmar through its embassy in Bangkok.

In September 2013 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the Forum 2000 Conference founded by the late Czech President Václav Havel.

Havel, who became leader of his country after democracy replaced 41 years of one-party rule by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, lobbied several times for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to receive the Nobel Peace Prize while she was under house arrest during her fight for democracy and human rights in Myanmar. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

She will visit Hungary after her visit to the Czech Republic.

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