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PM awards outgoing French ambassador, Malinas replaces him

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Prague, Sept 8 (CTK) – Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka bestowed on Thursday a Karel Kramar Medal, named after the first Czechoslovak prime minister, on Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian, the outgoing French ambassador to Prague, who will probably be replaced by Charles Malinas soon.

Malinas previously stayed at the embassy in Prague as the first counsellor. He was appointed ambassador in August, according to French sources.

Malinas is returning to Prague after a diplomatic mission to the Central African Republic.

Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said Asvazadourian has intensively supported bilateral cooperation in the areas of the economy, culture, science and education.

“He also initiated the Week of France project that interconnects the economic and cultural protagonists of Czech-French relations and thereby significantly contributes to the popularisation of France in the Czech Republic,” the Czech Government Office said.

Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD) parted with Asvazadourian on Twitter.

“Asvazadourian has significantly contributed to the enhancement of relations between the Czech Republic and France. I thank him very much for this,” Mladek wrote.

Czech academics will bestow a Charles University Medal on Asvazadourian at a good-bye ceremony on Monday.

Asvazadourian has been French ambassador to Prague since 2013.

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