Obama to host Czech Republic prime minister

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama will meet at the White House later this month with the prime minister of the Czech Republic.

Some in the Czech Republic have bristled at the Obama administration’s handling of its relationship with the Central European nation. And the Czechs withdrew this summer from U.S. missile defense plans out of frustration with their diminished role.

Obama shelved the Bush administration’s plans to stage an advanced radar in the Czech Republic and offered a new, reconfigured program with an undefined role for the Czechs.

The president has twice visited the Czech Republic, in 2009 and last year. The White House said Obama looks forward to returning the hospitality when he meets with the prime minister on Oct. 27.