Illustration photo – President-elect Petr Pavel, February 23, 2023.
Prague – President-elect Petr Pavel intends to visit all neighboring countries in his first hundred days in office and will also head to Brussels. In April, he wants to go to Ukraine, which is facing Russian aggression. Pavel said this at today's debate of Respekt magazine in the DOX cultural center in Prague. Pavel will take over the position of head of state at the inauguration, which will take place on March 9.
Photo gallery: President-elect Petr Pavel
With his trips abroad, Pavel wants to show that the Czech Republic is back to an active concept of foreign policy at the presidential level. “I don't think I should travel anywhere else during this period, because I really consider our neighborhood a priority,” he said about his plans for the first hundred days in office.
The first trip of President Pavlo right after the inauguration will traditionally lead to Slovakia. Subsequently, he will go to Poland and on March 21 and 22 to Germany. In April, Pavel plans to visit the headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) in Brussels. In the same month, he wants to go to Ukraine.
In May, the new Czech president intends to visit Hungary and Austria. Pavel received the invitation to travel to Vienna during Thursday's meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, who was visiting Prague to say goodbye to outgoing President Miloš Zeman. “Thank you, and we will look forward to the meeting in May and to the sachr,” Pavel wrote with exaggeration on Twitter and supplemented the message with a photo from an informal meeting with Van der Bellen in the small-town restaurant U Glaubiců.
He showed interest in visiting Ukraine Pavel shortly after being elected as the new Czech president. He stated then that he would like to visit Kyiv together with Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová. At the end of January, Pavlo was invited to visit the attacked country by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who thanked Pavlo for his support of Ukraine in a telephone conversation. Pavel asked the Ukrainian side for a proposal for the date of the visit in February.