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Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Stašek attended the annual meeting of Czech Honorary Consuls in Iowa

About two dozen Czech consuls from around the U.S. convened from October 6-8 at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Gandalovič thanked everyone for their excellent cooperation as well as for their consular, business, and cultural activities, including contributions to the establishment of Czech schools, supporting the Czech Republic.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Miloslav Stašek spoke about the Czech economy and the direction of the country’s economic diplomacy. Director of the Americas Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vít Korselt said that "the level of Czech-US relations is outstanding.”

Cedar Rapids honorary consuls meeting (P.Pitel)

Cedar Rapids honorary consuls meeting (P.Pitel)

Klára Moldová, a teacher from the Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk Elementary School in Chicago, presented a comprehensive web tool mapping Czech schools in the US.  The website may be utilized by educators, families and researchers to promote collaboration among Czech language schools in America. For more information, please visit www.czechschoolsamerica.org.

Honorary Consular candidate in Nebraska Dr. Míla Šašková Pierce shared information about a Czech lectorate at the Nebraska Lincoln University.

All the General Consuls from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles regularly attend the gathering. U.S. Congressman Rod Blum from Iowa came to greet the consuls and also to emphasize the importance of the Czech and Slovak community to Iowa for more than a century.

Cedar Rapids meeting (P.Pitel)

Cedar Rapids meeting (P.Pitel)

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington would like to thank the director of the museum Gail Naughton and her entire team for their brilliant organization and hospitality.