The decision to send Jindrák as a diplomatic representative to the eastern neighbor was taken by the previous government of Andrej Babis (ANO), according to the media, in agreement with the then incoming Cabinet of Petr Fiala (ODS).
Jindrák’s career diplomat has been dealing with relations with countries from the Central European region for a long time. In the past, he served as Czech ambassador to Hungary, Austria and especially Germany, where he headed the Czech Embassy for nearly eight years. For example, he participated in the preparation of the Czech-German advertisement. He also served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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He was already on the verge of being appointed ambassador to Slovakia during the Bohuslav Sobotka (ČSSD) government. In 2017, he replaced Hynk Kmoníek, who had become the Czech ambassador to the United States, as Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the President’s Office.
Jindrák stated that he had already been dealing with relations with Slovakia for more than 30 years, because the Slovak agenda interfered with all of his previous diplomatic assignments. He noted that he had never considered the Czech ambassador in Bratislava a purely diplomatic position, because the Czech-Slovak relations in themselves are exceptional and have an overlap above the level with the internal policies of the two countries.
As head of the embassy, he wants to focus primarily on maintaining top-level relations between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “I always want to see relations with Slovakia differently from relations with other countries. And I want to create the conditions for this.” He added that his family history also connects him with Slovakia, when his mother’s ancestors lived in Slovakia for a long time.
Jindrák will likely take over from January. The current ambassador, Tuhu, will head the embassy until the end of the Czech presidency of the European Union. Gendrak noted that thanks to his appointment in January, he will have the opportunity to participate in commemorative events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the partition of Czechoslovakia from the start.
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