The message reads, in part:
“We reached an agreement on the creation of this new annual dialogue platform during Czech President Milos Zeman’s visit to Russia last year. I am pleased to note that representatives of government agencies, regional authorities and non-governmental organisations, heads of leading universities, respected academic and cultural figures have shown interest in participating.
The agenda of your meeting includes both current issues and very significant historical topics. It is important that you give priority to our interaction in education and awareness, and to join the effort to preserve our common cultural and spiritual heritage.
I am confident that your discussions will be interesting and informative and will serve to strengthen bilateral humanitarian cooperation, which is traditionally an important component of Russian-Czech relations.”
The first Russian-Czech Discussion Forum opened in Prague on June 7.