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Sunday, 1 November 2015

President Duda to visit Romania

Security in the region, the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw and migration will be the topics of President Andrzej Duda's talks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest on Tuesday.

 

The Polish president is travelling to Romania on Monday. The official visit beginning on Tuesday aims to highlight the importance of Polish-Romanian relations for President Duda's plan to build cooperation among countries on the Adriatic, Black and Baltic seas, presidential minister Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Sunday.

 

President Duda wants to show that Central European politics can be much broader than just the Visegrad countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia), Krzysztof Szczerski added and underlined that Romania was a major component of that politics.

 

The talks in Bucharest are to focus on security in Central and Eastern Europe, in the Black Sea region and Romania's role as a stabilising element in the region, minister Szczerski also told PAP.

 

On Wednesday the leaders of countries of NATO's eastern flank will meet in Bucharest at the invitation of the presidents of Poland and Romania. Duda and Iohannis will meet with the presidents of Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the head of the lower house of the Czech parliament.

 

This meeting is to end with the adoption of a joint declaration meant as a contribution to the discussion on next year's NATO summit in Warsaw, Szczerski explained. "The essence of the meeting is to open up a path, a new stage of work on a Warsaw consensus", he said.

 

He underlined that Poland believed that the declaration should include three important ideas: that the July NATO summit in Warsaw should involve decisions and not just discussions, that these decisions had to mean expanding security infrastructure and NATO's military presence across the alliance, and that NATO should be a defence alliance that always supports compliance with international law.

 

"If someone violates international law and put force before the law, they have to know that NATO does not consent to this", Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP. NATO's openness to new members will be another important issue, he added. (PAP) 

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