Czech Embassy in Sana’a marks its National Day [Archives:2003/678/Local News]

October 20 2003

Mohammed bin Sallam
Sana’a, Oct. 21- On the occasion of the Czech Republic’s National Day, a reception party was held at the Czech embassy’s building on October 21.
The reception party was attended by a number of diplomats, social dignitaries, government officials, journalists and a host of guests.
Czech Republic’s National Day commemorates the proclamation of Czechoslovakia’s independence on October 28, 1918.
The founders of the state, the first Czechoslovak President Tomas Garrigue Masaryk among them, aimed to forge a modern democratic state out of several ethnic groups and territories with different historical, political, cultural and economic traditions.
They wanted the newly established Czechoslovakia to become a land of democracy, a great educational workshop and a powerful industrial country.
Consequently, it developed a political system marked not only by free and fair elections but also by the rule of law, separation of powers and the protection of fundamental liberties of speech, assembly, religion and property.
However, on January 1, 1993, the state of Czechoslovakia was peacefully divided and the independent Czech and Slovak Republics were founded. October 28 still reminds the whole Czech nation of all the great ideals the country was built on.