Prague mayor to visit Taiwan with Czech Senate president

Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib (right, photo taken from twitter.com/SenatCZ) and Milos Vystrcil, president of the Senate of the Czech Republic (CNA file photo)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib announced Wednesday that he will join a delegation to be led by Milos Vystrcil, president of the Senate of the Czech Republic, on a visit to Taiwan later this month.

Hrib said in a Facebook post earlier Wednesday morning (late Tuesday night Prague Time) that he appreciated cross-party cooperation when it comes to a common cause and that deepening alliances with foreign partners was a good example of such cooperation.

“I am honored that the President of the Senate, Milos Vystrcil, invited me on his foreign trip to Taiwan,” the mayor said in the Facebook post, that showed the flags of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Prague and two thumbs up “like” symbols.

This will be Hrib’s second visit to Taiwan in less than 18 months. He previously visited in March 2019 in his capacity as the mayor of Prague.

According to Hrib, his upcoming itinerary in Taiwan will be a little different from the rest of the delegation. “I will also meet with representatives of the partner city of Taipei,” he said in the Facebook post.

Led by Hrib, a vocal supporter of Taiwan and Tibet, the Prague city government terminated its sister city agreement with Beijing in favor of Taipei last year after a dispute over the removal of Beijing’s “one China” policy clause from the agreement.

Vystrcil said Thursday he will lead a delegation of 90 members to Taiwan on Aug. 29.

He and Hrib are affiliated with two opposition political parties and their stance toward relations with China is at odds with that of Czech President Milos Zeman.

Photo taken from Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib’s Facebook