Letter of congratulation to Barack Obama on his Presidential Inauguration

1/21/2009 , Prague

On Wednesday, January 21, 2009, the President of the Czech Czech Republic Václav Klaus sent a letter of congratulation to Barack Obama on his inauguration as the 44. President of the United States.

Dear Mr. President,

Allow me to congratulate you personally and on behalf of the citizens of theCzech Republicupon your inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. I am confident that under your guidance and leadership the United Stateswill pursue effective ways to address the challenges your country is facing.

The Czech Republic highly regards the traditional and deep ties binding it to your country. For many our citizens the United States represents a symbol of freedom and optimism, democracy and economic success, patriotism and international solidarity. Moreover, the United States significantly contributed to the birth of our modern state after the World War I. Therefore it is natural for us that after the fall of the Iron Curtain both of our countries began to cooperate intensively and later, ten years ago, even became allies within the North Atlantic Alliance.

Dear Mr. President, I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you personally and on behalf of our whole country here at the Prague Castle and that during your presidency the relations between our countries will furthermore develop dynamically. Let me wish you much success in your demanding office and wish good fortune and firm health to you and whole of your family.

Yours sincerely,

Václav Klaus

Radim Ochvat, Director of the Press Department