New Delhi: President Kovind visited Czech Republic from 6-9 September, 2018 at the invitation of the President of the Czech Republic, His Excellency Mr. Milos Zeman. Indo-Czech relations are warm and friendly and pre-date India’s independence. Kingdom of Bohemia and Moravia traded with India in 9-10 century A.D. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose founded the Indo-Czech Association in Prague in 1934. Charles University had a Sanskrit Chair in 1850. In modern times, diplomatic relations were established in 1947, which has led to development of our multifaceted bilateral ties. India has substantial economic linkages with the Czech Republic. Our annual trade of over USD 1 billion and investment of around 60 Czech companies in India is testimony of our vibrant economic ties. Substantial investment has been announced by Czech majors in automotive sector in ‘Make in India’.
The last visit from India at the level of Head of State was in 1996. Czech President was on a State visit to India in 2005 and Czech Prime Minister visited India in 2006. President of India visit coincides with 25th Anniversary of foundation of Czech Republic.
During the visit, President Kovind meets with President Zeman, who hosted a Banquet in the honour of Rashtrapatiji. He also meets with H.E. Mr. Andrej Babis, Prime Minister and with Mr. Radek Vondracek, President of the House of Deputies of Czech Parliament.