Laura Bush ends four-day trip to Czech Republic
After having visited France and Hungary, the U.S. First Lady, Laura Bush, completed her first official trip abroad without her husband by her side, with four-days in the Czech Republic. On Wednesday, she flew to Berlin to join her husband for an official trip to France, Russia, and Italy. Dita Asiedu looks at the highlights of Mrs Bush's visit:
"I've spent much of the last week in two Central European countries - Hungary and the Czech Republic - which only gained their freedom from oppression a little more than a decade ago. Today they are free, vibrant nations. I'm confident that Afghanistan can build a future of peace and freedom and America will be your friend and partner in achieving it."
Mrs Bush expressed her concern about the role of women and education for children in Afghanistan during a round-table discussion with Czech NGO's who are operating humanitarian missions in the country:
"One thing I said to those NGOs that we met was that I hope they would let my office know in the United States if they needed help in any sort of way, if they just needed ideas or ways to raise money, because I know that the American people really want to help and they just don't know how? The NGO's can really help to let people in the Czech Republic know what they can do to help in Afghanistan and help in other places."
Mrs Bush also visited the Terezin concentration camp on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the WWII prisoners in 1945. She was joined by the Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers, Milos Zeman, and Mikulas Dzurinda, as well as the U.S. ambassador to Prague Craig Stapleton and her daughter Jenna.
But Mrs Bush's trip did not solely concentrate on diplomatic meetings and political activity. She was also the perfect tourist. After she arrived, she was first seen taking a relaxed walk in Prague's Stromovka park, with her daughter Jenna. She's been to see the Strahov Monastery, the Church of Our Lady Victorious, the Jewish Quarter, and toured the Nelahozeves castle, just North of Prague.