President tells Norwegian ambassador she is not welcome at Prague Castle
President Miloš Zeman has informed the Norwegian ambassador to Prague Siri Ellen Sletner that she is not welcome at the celebrations of the Czech Republic’s national holiday on October 28th. The Norwegian embassy in Prague said it had received a diplomatic note from Prague Castle effectively cancelling the ambassador’s invitation to the upcoming event. Relations between the two countries have hit an all-time low after Norway’s Child Welfare Services stripped a Czech mother of her parental rights, forbidding her contact with her two sons and placing them in different foster families. The children were taken away from their parents in 2011 on suspicion of abuse and neglect but the case never got to court and nothing was ever proven. The Czech government has also severely criticized the decision and the Norwegian ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for an explanation.