Polish, Lithuanian Presidents talk bilateral relations, Belarus
Addressing a joint press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart in Vilnius on Tuesday, President Duda said his visit to Lithuania had a symbolic dimension since it was taking place after the parliamentary election, when the change of power was taking place and a new government was being formed in that country.
"I think that it should be understood that this visit has been taking place because Polish-Lithuanian relations are not affected by any changes on the Lithuanian political scene. Similarly, I am convinced that they are not affected by any changes on the Polish political scene," President Duda said, describing these relations as "good-neighbourly and friendly."
"These are relations of two nations linked by a common great history," he said.
The two presidents spoke about bilateral relations, the situation in Belarus, the Eastern partnership programme and the new EU budget. President Duda started a two-day working visit to Lithuania on Tuesday.
The Polish head of state expressed hope that bilateral relations could be elevated to a higher level, and said that the Presidential Council was planned to help achieve this goal. A declaration on establishing the council, planned as a forum of meetings and talks regarding Polish-Lithuanian and regional relations, was signed by the two presidents on Tuesday.
In this context, President Duda said that both Poland and Lithuania were committed to the situation in Belarus. "We wish the Belarusian people well, we wish entire Belarusian society well, we wish them to live in a free and democratic country, to be free people and to be part of the great community of the west. This is what we wish them and what we have been trying to support, if they ask us for this support," Andrzej Duda said, adding that both he and Nausėda wanted the Presidential Council to discuss such matters.(PAP/AW)