The Prague Mayor met with the media during the last day of their visit in Taiwan to speak about his experience in Taiwan, during which, he described himself as a "Taipei citizen."
Sept. 4 was the final day of a visit by a Czech government delegation to Taiwan. Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib met with the media and spoke about his experience in Taiwan during the past several days. He said Taipei Zoo's loan of two pangolins to Prague Zoo as part of an animal exchange agreement between the two cities left a lasting impression on him.
I'm really glad that Taipei City is keeping its promises on this matter, and I think it will be something out of our cooperation that the people could directly see.
The mayor also announced that the two cities will team up for two important cultural exchanges in 2021, including a special exhibition on Czech artist Alphonse Mucha in Taipei and performances in Taipei by the Prague Philharmonia. The media asked him about the one China principle, and he responded that Beijing's threats are "completely unacceptable." Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil uttered the words "I am Taiwanese" in Chinese while addressing the legislature, and Hrib followed up with "I am a Taipei citizen," as he received a certificate of honorary citizenship during a visit to Taipei in 2019.
The certificate is hanging in my office, so if I would say I am a Taipei citizen, it would be not a political support message, but rather a description of the reality.
Prague and Taipei are sister cities, so their two mayors also made time for a meeting. Hrib said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Prague continues to rise, and there are disease prevention lessons that can be learned from Taipei.
Taipei will donate 100,800 medical masks to the city government of Prague.
Hrib also said he discussed direct flights between Taipei and Prague with China Airlines, and invited Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to visit Prague once the epidemic situation improves.