President visits Polish military contingent in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Polish President Andrzej Duda, on a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, met with Polish troops serving on the EU's EUFOR Althea international peacekeeping mission. The Polish force is stationed at Camp Butmir in Sarajevo.
During the visit, the President underlined the mission's importance for stability and peace in the region.
"Thanks to your service there is peace and normal life today in this land, which is still full of pain and carries so many remnants of that conflict of 20 years ago," Andrzej Duda said. He added that although EUFOR Althea was an advisory and training mission, it was also important for the region's stability, and thanked the Polish soldiers for their professional service, by which they showed that Poland was an important member of the EU and NATO.
"I thank you for your operations here under this mission, which is a training mission on one hand, but on the other carries an important stabilising element. I thank you not only for showing by your service that Poland is an important EU and NATO member, but most of all - and I know this because I've been told so - for carrying your service out so very professionally," Andrzej Duda said.
Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, accompanying the president, pointed out that the service of the Polish soldiers was "very well received" by local communities regardless of their nationality. "This is proof of your professionalism," Błaszczak said.
The president and minister presented decorations to distinguished soldiers. (PAP)