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Czech leaders to meet Wednesday on assisting West

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The Czech Republic is still seriously considering providing financial support to West after the explosion of a fertilizer plant in the town claimed 14 lives and injured more than 200.

On Friday, the country’s ambassador, Petr Gandalovic, told the Star-Telegram that his country was “considering contributing to the recovery efforts financially.”

An embassy press officer confirmed Monday that the country is willing to provide money to the small Texas town.

Government officials are meeting in the Czech Republic on Wednesday to discuss the best method for providing the funds.

“There is a certain process that the government has to undertake to provide the assistance. The process has not been finalized,” Czech Embassy press officer Martin Pizinger told the Star-Telegram. “They are still looking at ways to assist. There is definitely a willingness to help.”

Pizinger said it will be more clear after Wednesday just how the country will help the town that its ambassador called the most Czech city in Texas.

Gandalovic toured the destruction at the blast site with Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, the embassy said.

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