President Zeman invites new Israeli head of state for official visit

Czech President Miloš Zeman has invited the recently elected President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, for an official visit of the Czech Republic, a spokesman for Mr Zeman said on Wednesday, adding that the Israeli head of state had accepted the invitation. The date of the visit has not been set. The Czech Republic is one of Israel’s closest allies in the EU while Mr Zeman is an outspoken critic of Islam. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is set to visit Israel by the end of the year.