At the invitation of his Czech counterpart, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the Czech Ambassadors Conference as a guest speaker on 27 August. He also took the opportunity to visit the Prague Literature Center of German-Speaking Czech Writers.
Immediately after the Ambassadors Conference in Berlin, Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Prague in the afternoon of 27 August for talks with his Czech counterpart Lubomír Zaorálek, visiting the Czech Ambassadors Conference at his invitation.
Friendly neighbourly cooperation between the Czech Republic and Germany
In his speech to the diplomats, Steinmeier thanked his opposite number for the “friendly neighbourly cooperation” between the two nations: When the German government aircraft developed a fault after an Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels a few weeks ago, Zaorálek invited his German opposite number to travel with him in his own delegation plane and arranged to make a short stopover in Berlin. Steinmeier said that this was “a crowning moment for German-Czech aviation” and a shining example of just how close Czechs and Germans are today.
You can read the full speech given by the German Foreign Minister at the Czech Ambassadors Conference here.
Visiting the Prague Literature Center
After the conference, Steinmeier and Zaorálek visited the Prague Literature Center and went on a tour of the cabinet of German-speaking writers. After speaking to scholarship holders of the Prague Literature Center, he said that the institution was a “respected cultural mediator at the heart of Europe”. It preserves the rich heritage of German-speaking literature in Prague and is an ambassador for the successful interlinking of Czech, German and Jewish culture, he added.
To mark the institution’s tenth anniversary, the German Foreign Minister told the Literature Center’s operators that the Federal Foreign Office would be sponsoring an anniversary calender and a special publication. The Foreign Office would also provide laptops to support the Literature Center’s work, he continued. Steinmeier added:
The excellent relations between the German and the Czech government go hand in hand with a diverse and active cultural exchange between our countries. The Prague Literature Center is an excellent example of this. We also want to support cooperation between our societies in the future.