Slovak representatives congratulate new Czech president on victory

Prime Minister Robert Fico and President Ivan Gašparovič congratulated Miloš Zeman on becoming the new president of the Czech Republic, the TASR newswire reported on January 26.

Prime Minister Robert Fico and President Ivan Gašparovič congratulated Miloš Zeman on becoming the new president of the Czech Republic, the TASR newswire reported on January 26.

“Regardless of the result, it was clear even before the run-off that the next Czech president would be an outstanding figure,” said Fico, as quoted by TASR, adding that he respects “the will of the Czech people”.

In a letter sent by Gašparovič, the Slovak president stated that the highest public office in the Czech Republic has gone to an outstanding figure who appreciates the naturally close and friendly relations between his fellow Czechs and Slovaks.

“I am convinced that the shared history of Slovaks and Czechs along with the inheritance of mutual respect, trust and natural friendship between our countries and their peoples represent a solid basis for further deepening the remarkable Slovak-Czech cooperation,” Gašparovič wrote. He also invited Zeman and his wife on an official visit to Slovakia.

Zeman won the first ever direct presidential election in the Czech Republic with 55.43 percent of vote, defeating his opponent, current Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, who got only 44.56 percent, in the run-off held on January 25 and 26.

Source: TASR

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