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From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.

The American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic are hosting a Gala Celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia.  We will honor Frederic V. Malek with the Václav Havel Award for the Advancement Civil Society, which will be presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  The event salutes the most important anniversary in modern Czech history.

On October 28, 1918, the Czech people regained independence after 300 years as a subject nation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

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Speaker Paul Ryan, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš  (photo by CTK)

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan was recently in the Czech Republic on a two-day visit, the highest-placed U.S. official to visit the country in nine years. Paul Ryan's visit to teh Czech Republic on March 26, 2018 was certainly a significant event and very important for Czech-American relations. Mr. Ryan came to Prague and the invitation of the new U.S. Ambassador Steven King. Paul Ryan is the first foreign official ever to address a session of the Czech lower house. It is important to note that the Czech-American relationship is celebrationg its 100th anniversary this year and Paul Ryan's visit fits well into this year's anniversary events.