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Tuesday, 12 December 2006

The Polish President has received a Saudi prince

On 12 December 2006, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, and the First Lady received at the Presidential Palace His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who had come to Poland to attend an AGFUND (Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations) award ceremony. The Polish President had bestowed his honorary patronage upon the event.

The President opened the meeting by thanking the Saudi royal family for taking interest in the fate of the Polish Siamese twins and for financing the operation to separate the girls. President Lech Kaczyński appreciated the role played by Saudi Arabia in the region and worldwide. He pointed out that Poland, though geographically distant from the Middle East, had its interests in that part of the world, and that it was anxious to see a peaceful settlement of the Middle East conflict. The President added that Saudi Arabia was the state that played a stabilising role in the region.

The President of the Republic of Poland also spoke about the forthcoming visit of the King of Saudi Arabia to Poland, scheduled for 2007. He said it would provide an excellent opportunity to discuss Poland’s plans to diversify its gas and oil supplies. HRH Prince Turki expressed high appreciation for the Polish President’s political and social activities. He added that, just like the King of Saudi Arabia, President Lech Kaczyński nurtured national traditions. The Prince also made a reference to John Paul II, pointing out that in an era when the need for tolerance was growing all over the world, the figure of the great Pole had an immense impact on dialogue among cultures.

The Saudi Ambassador to Poland, who was present at the meeting, conveyed the King’s regards to the President. He stressed the fact that cooperation with Poland on energy supplies was a matter of great importance to Saudi Arabia.

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