Jan Kohout accepts foreign ministry portfolio

Former Czech ambassador to the EU, Jan Kohout has accepted an offer to serve as foreign minister in Prime Minister Rusnok’s caretaker cabinet. Mr. Kohout has represented the Czech Republic in several international organizations including the United Nations and OSCE. In 2009-2010 he served as foreign minister in Jan Fisher’s interim government. In a brief statement for the CTK news agency on Monday, Mr. Kohout said his main priorities would be to stabilize the situation at the Czech Foreign Ministry and break the deadlock in the process of naming new ambassadors.