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Cyprus President for an official visit to the Czech Republic
2005-04-14 12:07:40

Nicosia, Apr 14 (CNA) --- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos departs Sunday for Prague where he will pay a four - day official visit at the invitation of his Czech counterpart Vaclav Kaus, April 17 - 20.

According to the draft programme of his state visit, Cyprus President will also hold separate meetings with Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament Lubomir Zaoralek and President of the Senate of the Parliament Premysl Sobotka.

President Papadopoulos will be accompanied by First Lady Fotini, Foreign Minister George Iacovou, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Lillikas and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the framework of the official visit, Iacovou and Lillikas will hold separate meetings with their Czech counterparts, Cyril Svoboda and Milan Urban respectively.

The Cyprus delegation will arrive in Prague at 1300 local time. On Monday morning the Cypriot presidential couple will be officially welcomed by Vaclav Klaus and his wife Livia at the Prague Castle where they will exchange gifts. President Papadopoulos will then sign the Book of Honor at the Prague Castle.

After a private meeting of the couples, Cyprus and Czech official delegations will hold talks, followed by a joint meeting with the media.

Cyprus President and his entourage will then attend a luncheon given in their honor by President of the Czech Senate.

After a brief meeting with the Mayor of Prague Pavel Bem, President Papadopoulos will hold two separate meetings with the President of the Chamber of Deputies (1435) and Czech Prime Minister (1510).

The day will be concluded with an official state dinner given by the Czech presidential couple in honor of President Papadopoulos and his wife Fotini.

On Tuesday, 19 April, Cyprus President and his wife will leave for the historic city of Karlovy Vary where they will be welcomed by the Mayor of the city, the President of the Region as well as representatives of the city and region.

During his stay there Cyprus President will give a series of interviews to the Czech press including a live interview on a TV channel.

The official delegation will leave the next day for Cyprus where they are due to arrive at 1740 local time.

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