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Austrian President Fischer ends two-day visit to ČR

ČTK |
13 April 2016

Prague, April 12 (CTK) - Austrian President Heinz Fischer ended a two-day visit to the Czech Republic and he parted with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman right outside the train which took him from the Prague Main Railway Station to Vienna.
Fischer and his wife Margit also arrived untraditionally in the Czech Republic by train on Monday.
Like on Monday, a red carpet was unfolded on the first platform with members of the Prague Castle Guard being present.
Fischer and Zeman attended a business forum of their countries earlier yesterday.
Zeman spoke about the need to build a Danube-Oder-Elbe canal which he called his dream in the past.
Fischer had a luncheon with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka with whom he mainly spoke about migration.
The also discussed bilateral issues, including cross-border cooperation, transport infrastructure and bilateral trade.
Fischer saw the exhibitions of Czech artists Frantisek Kupka and Karel Trinkewitz at the Kampa Museum of modern art and visited the Reiwag/Komwag firm.
In the afternoon, Fischer visited the Austrian grammar school in Prague and the memorial to the Czechoslovak paratroopers who assisted in the lethal attack on high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942 in the Orthodox Church of SS Cyril and Methodius.
In the church crypt, he and his wife laid a wreath in memory of the paratroopers.
Fischer arrived in the Czech Republic by a regular train connection on Monday and praised the fact that it is faster now than in the past.
From the Prague Main Railway Station, he and his wife went by a historical train to Stochov, central Bohemia, where they were welcomed by Zeman and his wife. On their way to the presidential chateau in Lany, they paid tribute to first Czechoslovak president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk who is buried at the Lany cemetery.
In Lany, Fischer was welcomed with exceptional military honours. He became the first statesman for whom Zeman prepared a welcome ceremony with 21 gun salvos.
Fischer and Zeman spoke about the migrant crisis on which their opinions differ. But they shared doubts about the EU-Turkish deal on returning migrants.
Other issues discussed included transport connection between Austria and the Czech Republic.
Fischer, whose second term expires in a few weeks, said he will visit the Czech Republic in the future, too, and promised he will do everything for Zeman to come to Vienna soon.

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