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National Day Reception – Commemorating 100 Years That Passed Since Foundation of Czechoslovakia

On Tuesday, 30 Ocober 2018, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Warsaw held a National Day reception to celebrate, together with many guests including the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowic and the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, the 100th anniversary of Foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic.

Ambassador Ivan Jestřáb reflected in his speech the whole Czecho-Slovak history of the 20th century and underlined the exceptional quality of mutual relations of the two countries, established later on the Czechoslovak foundations.  

Ambassador Jestřáb also observed how difficult the 20th century was for the northern neighbour of the Czech Republic and acknowledged all undeniable successes Poland has achieved over the last three decades of building democratic and independent Rzeczpospolita. Ambassador also praised the good neighbourly relations as well as reminded honourable guests that of their strong economic dimension: Czechia and Poland are mutually second biggest trade partners, right after Germany. 

In conclusion of his speech, Ambassador Jestřáb quoted from a letter Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk to Ignacy Paderewski: “I am convinced that Poles and Czechs must work in close unity. History teaches us that without a free Poland there will be no free Czechoslovakia and without a free Czechoslovakia there is no free Poland.” Such Czechia and Poland are vital not only for their citizens, but for today‘s Europe.