Toast of the President of the Czech Republic during the Working Lunch of V4 Presidents


Ladies and gentlemen,

Lord Palmerston said: “Britain has no friends, only interests.” I deny by my life this slogan and I am extremely happy that I am here among friends, because friendship doesn’t exclude the common interests. On the contrary, it accentuates the common interests and makes them more intensive. So, even if it is a little unusual, let me raise my glass to the friendship between politicians but mainly the friendship between us.


Miloš Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic, Lány Chateau, 2nd October 2019