The Czech Republic was established on January 1, 1993, out of the former Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (commonly known as Czechoslovakia) which ceased to exist as of December 31, 1992. Since independence, the Czechs have made integration into Western institutions their chief foreign policy objective and are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). Relations between the U.S. and the Czech Republic are excellent and reflect the common approach both have to the many challenges facing the world at present.Modern Flag of the Czech Republic
The United States formally recognized the Czech Republic on January 1, 1993. At the time, White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater noted that
“the United States looks forward to full and mutually productive relations with the new Czech state.
The Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (CSFR) ceased to exist on December 31, 1992, an event commonly referred to as the ‘Velvet Divorce.’ The United States established diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic on January 1, 1993.
Ambassador Adrian A. Basora, who had served as Ambassador to the CSFR since June 1992, served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic from January 1, 1993 until July 15, 1995.