President-elect Petr Pavel (left) took the oath at a joint meeting of both chambers of the Parliament, March 9, 2023, Vladislav Hall, Prague Castle.
Prague – President Petr Pavel will visit Poland on Thursday and Friday next week. His spokeswoman Markéta Řeháková confirmed this today. The Castle will publish the program next week. This will be Pavel's second foreign trip as president, the first visit will be to Slovakia on Monday and Tuesday, as is traditional.
Photo gallery: President-elect Petr Pavel and his inauguration
“President of the Republic Petr Pavel and Mrs. Eva Pavlova have accepted the invitation of Polish President Andrzej Duda and will go on an official visit to the Republic of Poland on March 16-17, 2023,” Řeháková said in a press release.
Pavel had already discussed with Duda in February during his participation in the Munich security conference, the meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates). The head of Czech diplomacy then stated that they discussed mutual cooperation, including transport infrastructure, as well as cooperation within the Visegrad Group (V4). After the meeting with Duda, Pavel announced that Poland would be his second visit abroad. According to him, Duda also wants to hold an informal meeting with Pavle and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauséda in Vistula at an as yet unspecified date.
Pavel's February meeting with Duda took place not long after the January presidential election, in which unsuccessful presidential candidate Andrej Babiš questioned assistance to Poland and the Baltic countries in the event of their possible military attack. Pavel had already promised that he would go to Poland on his second foreign trip.
Pavel's predecessor in office, Miloš Zeman, visited Poland several times. The last time he was in the country was in February 2021 at the summit of the presidents of the Visegrad Four countries or in 2019, when he participated in the commemoration of 80 years since the beginning of the Second World War. Zeman met Duda for the last time this January in Náchod.