>> Meeting of President Miloš Zeman with Hungarian President Katalin Nováková at Prague Castle, June 7, 2022, Prague. Meeting with media representatives.
Prague – President Miloš Zeman will receive Hungarian President Katalin Nováková today at Prague Castle. It is another of Zeman's farewell meetings. A longtime member of the ruling Fidesz party, she has a reputation as a loyal supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Zeman received her in Prague last June, a month after she took office. In the afternoon, Nováková will meet with President-elect Petr Pavlo.
Nováková will arrive at Prague Castle during the morning. They can discuss with Zeman, for example, issues related to the Visegrád Four (V4), which, in addition to the Czech Republic and Hungary, also includes Slovakia and Poland. During last year's visit, both heads of state spoke out against the loosening of Visegrad cooperation. Zeman told journalists at the time that both were interested in consolidating the V4 group.
In the afternoon, Nováková will meet with President-elect Petr Pavel. “It is above all an informal courtesy visit to get to know each other and establish relations, no special questions have been prepared for these meetings,” said Pavel. . On his last trip abroad, at the beginning of February, Zeman traditionally went to Slovakia, where he met Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová at Strbské Pleso in the High Tatras.
A week earlier in Serbia, together with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, he opened the Český House. He met Polish President Andrzej Duda at the end of January in Náchoda. This week, Zeman received Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Prague.
In Hungary, the head of state fulfills a largely ceremonial role. According to the constitution, he embodies the unity of the nation, protects the democratic functioning of the state and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. They are elected for a five-year term.