Zuzana Čaputová is on a state visit to the Czech Republic, where she received the Silver Medal of the Senate of the Czech Republic for Extraordinary Care for Truth, Freedom, Political Culture and the Rule of Law from Senate President Miloš Vystrčil.
“I want to thank you for the way you set an example for others. I am proud to welcome you here and appreciate you. I want to wish you and the whole of Slovakia all the best and greet the whole of Slovakia in my Senate, “said Vystrčil.
Zuzana Čaputová thanked her for her award in a short speech. “I am honored to receive the award today from the President of an institution that needs the protection of democracy in its mission. The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic is one of the pillars of respect for democratic principles, human rights and freedom in the Czech Republic. But he is also the bearer of these values beyond the borders of your homeland, “Čaputová said in her speech.
According to him, the silver medal is perceived as an award not only as an award for her person, but also as an award for friendship and good relations between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “I really appreciate it and thank you,” she said to Vystrcil.
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After arriving at Prague Airport, she first went to a meeting with President Miloš Zeman at the Central Military Hospital. As on Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš received the President of the Slovak President in his chair. According to a member of the Slovak delegation, Čaputová brought him honey and a package of teas, according to ČTK.
According to the president, Slovaks are currently monitoring developments around Zeman’s health. “I am very glad that I was able to wish him good health, strength and a quick recovery now and in person. President Miloš Zeman was interested in the situation in Slovakia and considers our meeting not only a manifestation of our friendly relationship, but also good relations between our countries, “the Slovak president wrote on Facebook.
According to hospital spokeswoman Jitka Zinke, Čaputová also had to follow the established rules for visiting patients placed in a long-term care bed. She could stay in Zeman’s room for a maximum of half an hour, have her mouth and nose covered, and prove herself by being vaccinated, tested, or covid-19.
From the hospital, the president went to the Senate, where she was welcomed by the chairman Miloš Vystrčil and awarded her with a silver commemorative medal. The program also includes a meeting with the new Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, and a debate with students.
The official visit will end with a debate with the students and the laying of wreaths at the memorial on November 17 later in the afternoon.
The program of President Zuzana Čaputová in Prague
- 12:20 Private visit of Miloš Zeman to the Central Military Hospital.
- 13: 20–15: 00 Meeting of the Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová with the President of the Senate Miloš Vystrčil. During the President’s visit, she will receive the Silver Medal of the President of the Senate, meet with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová and will debate with the students.
- 16:30 Čaputová lays flowers at the memorial to the events of November 17 on Národní třída and speaks for the media.
Zuzana Čaputová last visited the Czechia just before the outbreak of the pandemic last March. At that time, she met with the mayor of Brno, Markéta Vaňková, on the occasion of the centenary of the adoption of the first Czechoslovak constitution.
Before that, she had just celebrated in the Czech Republic on November 17 two years ago. The program also ended on Národní třída, where she said that she was already 16 years old at the time of the revolution and was studying at the grammar school. “I don’t think we’re always aware of the opportunities that November has brought, and the fact is that the changes have begun, but they’re not, it’s still a long way to go before the democracy we won in November 1989, so that people can certainly feel it, that they feel social things, that they live dignified lives, “she said on November 12, 2019 in Prague.