Illustrative photo – President-elect Petr Pavel spoke at a press conference on current issues and the program for the following week, February 27, 2023, Prague.
Bratislava – Czech President-elect Petr Pavel will arrive next Monday on a two-day visit to Slovakia, where he will visit just a few days after his inauguration. The Slovak presidential office announced the date of the visit to ČTK today. Pavel will assume the presidency on Thursday and he has already said that he will go to Slovakia on his first foreign trip as head of state.
The visit will take place at the invitation of President Zuzana Čaputová, who personally congratulated Pavlov at his election staff in Prague in January after the decisive round of direct elections.
According to Čaputová's spokesman Martin Strižinec, the two presidents after a joint meeting will honor the memory of the founders of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk and Milan Rastislav Štefánik at the monuments on the Danube embankment in Bratislava. In the evening, they will take part in a joint discussion in the building of the Slovak National Theatre.
Pavel will follow the tradition that the first trip of the top politicians of the Czech Republic and Slovakia leads to the second state of the former Czechoslovakia. The current Czech President Miloš Zeman, whose mandate ends on Wednesday, last visited Slovakia in February. In the High Tatras, he met with Čaputová, with former Slovak presidents, as well as with the Slovak prime minister and the speaker of the parliament.