Polish presidential minister Adam Kwiatkowski on Sunday ended a three-day visit to Britain; on the last day of the visit, he met with Polish people living in Birmingham, the UK's second-largest city.
Adam Kwiatkowski, who is responsible for relations with Polish people abroad at the Polish President's Office, also visited a Polish Roman Catholic parish in Birmingham where during a Mass he presented an image of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on behalf of President Andrzej Duda as a gift on the 70th anniversary of the parish, which was founded in 1947.
In the afternoon, the presidential minister visited the Polish Millennium House in Birmingham to lay flowers at a plaque that commemorates the 1940 Katyn Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet secret police in Katyn, western Russia. He subsequently met with the leaders of the Polish community in the West Midlands area.
On Friday, Adam Kwiatkowski visited London where he laid flowers in a church at plaques dedicated to the memory of Polish President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and Fr. Bronislaw Gostomski, Chaplain of the Katyn Families association. Both Kaczorowski and Gostomski died in April 2010 when a Polish presidential plane crashed near Smolensk, western Russia.
On Saturday, minister Kwiatkowski visited London to take part in a patriotic song contest in a Polish school named after Polish-American actress Helena Modjeska.
While in London, Adam Kwiatkowski also met with members of a committee coordinating preparations for events in the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence in 2018.
On Saturday evening, minister Kwiatkowski talked with the leaders of the Polish community in Coventry, including representatives of a local parish and Saturday school. (PAP)