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Saturday, 17 June 2017

President Andrzej Duda: Chancellor Kohl always cared about Polish-German relations

President Andrzej Duda paid tribute to the late former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, stressing the latter always made sure Polish-German relations were characterized by mutual understanding and respect.


Writing in his message of condolence, the President pointed out that Chancellor Kohl opened a new chapter in Polish-German relations. "This will always be symbolized by a gesture of reconciliation, the brotherly handshake between the German Chancellor and the Polish Prime Minister during a holy mass at Krzyzowa on November 12th 1989", Andrzej Duda wrote, 


"Helmut Kohl was also instrumental in the signing of the 1991 Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Cooperation, a foundation of the Polish-German relations", the President added.


Andrzej Duda emphasized that trust and understanding between Poland and Germany, as envisaged by Helmut Kohl, was of strategic importance to the whole of Europe. The President also pointed out that the late former German chancellor supported the accession of East-Central European countries to the European Union, as necessary for true European unity.


"He received Poland’s main state medal, the White Eagle, and will always be remembered as a remarkable man, a witness and co-creator of the modern history of Europe", the President concluded.


Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor of Germany, died on Friday morning in his home in Ludwigshafen, aged 87. (PAP)

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