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Thursday, 25 January 2018

President: Door to EU membership must stay open

  |   President Andrzej Duda meets the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić President Andrzej Duda meets the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić Polish President and King of Jordan discuss refugees, military co-operation Polish President and King of Jordan discuss refugees, military co-operation President Andrzej Duda meets the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė President Andrzej Duda speaks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Davos President Andrzej Duda speaks to Polish journalists in Davos

"The door to the European Union absolutely cannot be closed; we should show that the EU is united, is alive and is open to those countries and societies that want to join it," President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday.

 

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he met Serbian President Aleksander Vučić on Thursday, President Duda said he had talked to the Serbian head of state about the situation in the Balkans, especially in the Western Balkans.

 

"I asked the president how he saw the situation. He told me it was very difficult, extremely complicated, in Bosnia - obviously with that political, ethnic background," Andrzej Duda said, adding that the subject of Kosovo had also been raised.

 

 

During the talks, Andrzej Duda emphasised that Poland supports Serbia's "European, EU aspirations."

 

"I believe the door to the European Union must stay open (...) especially in the situation where we have a crisis related to Brexit, because we should all show that the EU is still united, it is alive and it is open to those countries and societies that want to accede to the European Union," Andrzej Duda declared.

 

 

He said the door to the EU "absolutely must not be closed." "We should assure those who aspire to the EU that if they satisfy the necessary criteria they will be accepted to the EU."

 

President Duda stated that the EU should develop "so that we, as a great economic union, are ever more competitive, and so that the EU has an inflow of fresh ideas. So that we can make use of those new ones that new member states bring, like Poland brought to the European Union," Andrzej Duda said.

 

 

Discussions with King Abdullah II of Jordan centred on assistance for refugees and military co-operation, including the defence industry, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced following a meeting with the Jordanian monarch at Davos.

 

Andrzej Duda said his talks with King Abdullah II concerned the humanitarian situation of refugees and how to help them. "We talked about the subject of aid from the European Union, support for Jordan, including helping them to cope with the migration crisis," President Duda explained.

 

The talks also touched on co-operation in the defence industry and the military. "The king thanked Poland for its support, for the presence of Polish soldiers in the Middle East," Andrzej Duda continued. "The talks took place in a very good atmosphere. Co-operation with the Kingdom of Jordan - through His Majesty - is going very well. I'm glad, because Poland is treated with great respect in Jordan."

 

The President added that he had thanked the king for the decision to open an embassy in Warsaw. He also announced that he had invited Abdullah II to Poland. "I hope that visit will take place this year," he said. (PAP)

 

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