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Monday, 17 August 2015

President Duda's programme of foreign visits announced

  |   President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced President Andrzej Duda's programme of foreign visits announced

Poland's President Andrzej Duda will pay his first foreign visit to Tallinn, Estonia, on Aug. 23, the anniversary of the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, Secretary of State at the President's Chancellery Krzysztof Szczerski told reporters on Monday.
The date of the visit to Tallinn is not accidental as it will be paid on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, Krzysztof Szczerski said presenting President Duda's schedule of foreign visits encompassing his first 100 days in office.
The programme of the visit to Tallinn provides for Polish-Estonian talks as well as President Duda's address "on the role and importance of international law for world peace as well as the significance of Central Europe for Europe's security and stability".
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that the fact that the Polish president was paying his first foreign visit to Tallinn "once again confirmed very close relations between the two countries".
"We are presenting the first foreign visits which are to show the main directions of President Duda's foreign policy," Szczerski said, adding that all the visits "are designed to increase Poland's security and promote its economic interests".
On August 28 the Polish president will pay a visit to Berlin where he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Joachim Gauck and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Szczerski added that the Polish president would visit Germany twice during the first 100 days in office. "On Sept. 21-22 he will go to Erfurt to attend a summit of the Arraiolos Group," he said.
On September 15 President Duda will go to London to meet with British PM David Cameron and to take part in the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the president's aide for international affairs said.
On September 26-29 the Polish president will go to New York where he will address the annual session of the UN General Assembly.
"In New York the Polish president will hold a series of bilateral meetings with leaders of more remote countries," Szczerski said, adding that it would be some eight meetings with heads of countries which are politically and economically important to Poland.
According to Szczerski, talks are still under way "on the formula of a meeting with US President Barack Obama". "Such a meeting will surely take place during President Duda's stay in New York," he added.
On October 8 and 9 the Polish head of state will take part in a summit of the Visegrad Group presidents.
In early November President Duda will attend a NATO mini-summit in Bucharest co-hosted by the Polish and Romanian heads of state. "The Nov. 3-4 meeting will be attended by the presidents of the alliance's eastern flank, namely Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland," minister Szczerski added.
"Presidents Duda and Klaus Iohannis are the co-organisers of the summit, a very important summit, which is planned to present the position of the countries of our region on the agenda of next year's NATO summit in Warsaw," Krzysztof Szczerski said.
A visit to Beijing for a Central Europe-China summit will conclude the series of the Polish president's first foreign trips, Szczerski went on.
"This is an inter-governmental summit but this time the Polish delegation will be led by the president," Szczerski said, adding that the president had informed the government that he wanted to head it. The visit is likely to take place in mid-November.
Krzysztof Szczerski announced that celebrations marking the anniversary of the end of World War Two in China will be attended on behalf of Poland by Sejm (lower house) Speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska.
"The president will go to China in November and the Sejm speaker will represent Poland and the president on Sept. 3," Szczerski said, adding that in a phone conversation the president asked the Sejm speaker to attend the observances in China. "The Sejm speaker has accepted the request which has also been agreed upon with the Foreign Ministry," the presidential aide said.
According to the presidential aide, talks are also under way on the president's visits to Paris and Brussels as well as a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko either in Warsaw or in Kiev.
"I will go to Ukraine in early September, I am in contact with my opposite number at the Ukrainian president's chancellery," Szczerski announced, adding that the programme and form of contacts between the two presidents would be agreed also early next month.
Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Szczerski stressed that President Duda had never suggested that Poland should be added to the Normandy format (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine). "The president repeated that Poland was ready to participate in broad cooperation of countries for peace in Ukraine," the presidential minister explained. (PAP)

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