Saudi Arabia angered by Czech president’s anti-Muslim statements

The Czech ambassador to Riyad, Jiří Slavík, was summoned to the Saudi
Foreign Ministry on Sunday to hear a complaint about President Miloš
Zeman's anti-Muslim statements, the daily Lidové noviny reported on
Friday. According to the paper the ambassador heard a resolute complaint
about a number of the president’s statements the most recent of which
pertained to the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Speaking at an
Israeli reception President Zeman noted that Islamic ideology was behind
such violent attacks. The Czech Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over
what it described as heightened tension in Czech-Saudi relations. Foreign
Minister Zaorálek said he had invited Arab ambassadors to the Czech
Foreign Ministry next week and would discuss the matter with them.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka reacted to the news on Friday saying that
the president’s statements should not be blown out of proportion and that
he had no indication that Saudi Arabia was considering economic sanctions
against the Czech Republic over the issue.