The Israeli president will meet his Czech counterpart in Prague | JNS

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog are due to begin an official state visit to the Czech Republic on Monday, at the invitation of Czech President Miloš Zeman, Herzog’s office announced on Sunday.

During his visit, Herzog will meet with Zeman, as well as Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, the president of the Czech Senate, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and representatives of the Jewish community, according to a statement from Herzog’s office.

Israel and the Czech Republic maintain close and friendly diplomatic relations based on “more than a century of historic friendship and affinity which have manifested themselves in times of crisis and difficulty”, the statement added. He described Zeman as “a staunch supporter of Israel”.

Herzog’s first stop will be the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, after which he will visit the city’s oldest synagogue, where he will hold meetings with members of the local Jewish community.

Herzog will later visit Prague Castle and then the Presidential Residence, where he and his wife will be greeted with an official welcoming ceremony and meet the Czech President and First Lady.

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