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Meeting with the members of the Diplomatic Corps

11/3/2013 , Prague Castle

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you for the first time at the Prague Castle for the first time after my inauguration, even if I met with many of you during informal discussions, before my inauguration and with some of you even before my election. And I would like to thank the ambassadors, who anticipated my success.

Nevertheless, as an inaugurated president I would like to express in a very short speech the basic principles which I propose for our communication. Firstly, we must respect our own values and not interfere in the internal affairs of any country. Secondly, I will try to support the developing coordination and cooperation between the Czech Republic and the countries you represent. This cooperation is to be based not only on the exchange of values and ideas but primarily on the exchange of students, tourists and last but not least on economic exchange.

I know that the topic of economic cooperation it is very uninteresting, but I have two basic, boring if you wish, principles. Firstly, I shall try to attract foreign investment from your countries to the Czech Republic. Because, as you know, the Czech Republic is equipped with highly qualified, but unfortunately cheap manpower and this represents a comparative advantage for foreign investors.

Secondly, I will try to support Czech exporters and during my visits in your countries I will be accompanied by relatively big missions of Czech entrepreneurs. But I can assure you, it will be only successful entrepreneurs, not the entrepreneurs near bankruptcy.

The last third principle I intend to communicate to you is our common fight against international terrorism as the main enemy of civilization. It does not depend on whether this terrorism is based on religion or some political ideology. It is simply terrorism, that is killing innocent civilians and I firmly believe, that the fight against it is really our common task.

Welcome, not only to the Prague Castle, but welcome to Prague, as you know, the most beautiful city in the world and I will enjoy our upcoming bilateral discussions.

Thank you so much for your attention.

Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic

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