Czech Senate president to address Taiwan Legislature, receive medal

Miloš Vystrčil. / From twitter.com/SenatCZ

TAIPEI (CNA) — Miloš Vystrčil, president of the Senate of the Czech Republic, will deliver a speech in Taiwan’s Legislature, which will honor him with a medal, when he visits later this month, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said Wednesday.

Vystrčil is scheduled to speak in the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan at 9 a.m. on September 1, You said.

After Vystrčil’s address, the Legislature will confer on him the Medal of Honor for Parliamentary Diplomacy, in recognition of his contribution to promoting Taiwan-Czech relations, You said.

The Legislature will also host a luncheon for Vystrčil and his delegation of some 90 business leaders, scientists and legislators, You said.

According to Taiwan’s foreign ministry, Vystrčil is scheduled to visit Taiwan from Aug. 30 to Sep. 4 with a delegation that will include Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib, who visited Taiwan in March 2019, and Věra Kuberová, the widow of the late Czech Senate President Jaroslav Kubera.

In an exclusive interview with CNA on August 6, Vystrčil said that despite China’s opposition, he was sticking to his plan to visit Taiwan, based on his adherence to the values of freedom and democracy, which are “the cornerstone of prosperity.”