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Paul Ryan may attend Czechoslovak centenary events

5 January 2018

Prague, Jan 4 (CTK) - Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, might attend some of the events within the celebrations of the birth of Czechoslovakia centenary this year, Czech lower house chairman Radek Vondracek said after meeting U.S. Ambassador Stephen King on Thursday.

Ryan's visit was among issues on the agenda of the Vondracek-King meeting.

Vondracek said they also spoke about former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's key role in the establishment of Czechoslovakia as a successor state of the collapsing Austro-Hungarian monarchy at the close of WWI, and agreed that the then bilateral alliance should be promoted in connection with the Czech celebrations this year.

"We also touched on the possibility of Paul Ryan, the House of Representatives speaker and a personal friend of the ambassador, visiting our country on this occasion," Vondracek said.

"I handed a copy of a letter of invitation to the ambassador. I think it would be a dignified contribution to the celebrations if one of the top U.S. representatives visited the Czech Republic," Vondracek said.

King, the new U.S. ambassador to Prague, is viewed by many as a political patron of Ryan. Both are natives of Janesville, Wisconsin, and both members of the Republican Party who helped each other in election campaigns in the past.

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