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Náměstek Martin Tlapa s velvyslanci států Organizace islámské spolupráce
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Deputy Minister Tlapa met with Ambassadors from Organization of Islamic Cooperation States


Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in charge of the Section for non-European Countries and Economic and Development Cooperation, hosted a working lunch on 17 May 2016 with the ambassadors of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states in Prague. The Prague Group of Ambassadors of the OIC represents 23 majority-Muslim countries of Africa, Asia and Europe with resident diplomatic missions in Czechia.

The working lunch continues a trend of intensified Czech-OIC dialogue, initiated by Minister Zaorálek’s auspices over an international conference on inter-cultural dialogue between the Western and Muslim world (held in Prague in April 2016). The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees its collective dialogue with the OIC as a useful platform to promote a harmonious coexistence between cultures and religions, as well as to exchange views and clarify some specific political issues including the Czech Republic’s official position toward the Middle East Peace Process. Deputy Minister Tlapa expressed his hope that the OIC Prague Group will actively participate in the public debate in our country, helping to better inform the Czech public about the real values and beliefs of majority Muslim societies as well as to overcome some persistent intercultural prejudices and misunderstandings.

Náměstek Martin Tlapa s velvyslanci států Organizace islámské spolupráce


MFA-OIC Working lunch speech 30 kB doc (Word document) May 17, 2016