Prague, Czech Republic – Zuzana Caputova, who was officially sworn in as Slovakia’s fifth president on Saturday, will go on her first official foreign trip to the Czech Republic later this week.
Slovakia’s first female head of state will visit Prague on Thursday, keeping in line with the tradition that requires the Slovak and Czech presidents to pay each other mutual visits for their first and lost foreign trips.
Two weeks ago, outgoing Slovak president Andrej Kiska came to the Czech Republic for his last foreign trip and met with Czech counterpart Milos Zeman.
Zuzana Čaputová will be received with official honors by President Milos Zeman at the Prague Castle, and meet with other top political representatives of the Czech Republic, including Radek Vondracek (ANO) and Jaroslav Kuber (ODS), speakers of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate respectively.
She will also lay flowers on the grave of Vaclav Havel, Czechoslovakia’s last president, and visit the statue of Rastislav Štefánik on Petřín hill, one of the co-founders of Czechoslovakia with Tomas G. Masaryk. After meeting with Slovak compatriots and being hosted for dinner at the Liechtenstein Palace, she’ll later attend a concert organized in her honour, called “Zuzana isn’t alone at home” (Zuzana není sama doma), on Kampa island, near Mlýnská kavárna, an iconic Prague cafe.
No meeting has been planned with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who’ll be in Brussels to attend an EU summit at that time, government spokesman Vladimír Vořechovský said.
According to local media, Zuzana Caputova already visited Prague in a private capacity in April, shortly after her election, when she met with former Czech Foreign Minister and presidential hopeful Karel Schwarzenberg and attended the concert of Bob Dylan at the Lucerna club.