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President Adamkus leaves for state visit to the Czech Republic

Wednesday, April 8, Vilnius - Tomorrow, April 9, President Valdas Adamkus is leaving for a two-day state visit to the Czech Republic.


In Prague, President Adamkus will meet with the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, President of the Senate Pŕemysl Sobotka, and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Miloslav Vlček.


During his meetings with high officials, President Adamkus will discuss the Czech experience of presiding over the European Union, EU Eastern Partnership, regional cooperation between the Visegrád Group and the Baltic States, energy security, and the recent NATO anniversary summit.


On the second day, April 10, President Adamkus will host a business breakfast to discuss, together with Czech and foreign investors, the future business development prospects in Central Europe. Taking part in the business breakfast will be representatives of major manufacturing companies and banking institutions, such as Czechinvest, Hyunday Motor Manufacturing Czech, the Prague-based Mitsubishi branch, Škoda Auto, and Komerční banka (KB). On the list of participants are also corporate leaders of the largest Czech investor in Lithuania OKZ Holding, the largest Lithuanian investor in the Czech Republic Eurolekarna, and the Czech company AŽD Praha.


On Friday, President Valdas Adamkus will participate in the official opening ceremony of the international conference of historians under the title "Czechs, Lithuanians, and the Vector of Modern History of Central Europe" organized by the Lithuanian Embassy in the Czech Republic. Discussions will focus on historical experiences by the Czech Republic and Lithuania in Central Europe, the development of bilateral relations, and similarities between the Czech and Lithuanian modernization and national revival movements in the 19-20th centuries. In Lana Villa, where the Conference will take place, an exhibition "Lithuania-Czechoslovakia Cooperation In Between Two World Wars" will be held. The exhibits displayed have been selected from Lithuanian and Czech museums and archives with primary focus made on Lithuanian-Czech political and military cooperation.


During the Conference, a copy of Jan Matejko's painting "The Battle of Grunwald" will be on display. It was presented as a gift to the Military Academy of Czechoslovakia in 1931 by Lithuanian army commanders Colonel Jonas Jackus and Major Juozas Narakas, in recognition of close and sincere military relations maintained by the two countries and in gratitude for the invitation extended to Lithuanian officers to attend military training courses in Czechoslovakia.

Friday evening, the President will return to Vilnius.


State Visit by Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, to the Czech Republic


9-10 April 2009

April 9, Thursday


08:40 Departure from Vilnius International Airport to Prague by charter flight

Time difference: minus 1 hour

09:30 (local time) Arrival at the airport Stará Ruzyně in Prague

10:00 Official welcoming ceremony at Prague Castle


10:15 Meeting of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, and the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus


10:45 Meeting of Lithuanian and Czech delegations

11:30 Joint press conference by President Valdas Adamkus and President Václav Klaus

12:15 Luncheon hosted by President of the Czech Senate Pŕemysl Sobotka in parliament building


13:55 A walk along the Charles Bridge in Prague


14:30 Wreath laying ceremony at Emauzy Memorial


16:30 Meeting with Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek


20:00 State dinner hosted by President Václav Klaus



April 10, Friday


08:30 (local time) Meeting with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Miloslav Vlček

09:10 Business breakfast for Czech and other foreign investors

11:00 International conference "Czechs, Lithuanians, and the Vector of Modern History of Central Europe"

13:30 Meeting with Embassy staff


14:30 Departure to Vilnius


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