President receives honorary citizenship of Seoul
President Andrzej Duda was awarded on Thursday with the honorary citizenship of the South Korean capital of Seoul. The Polish head of state arrived on a four-day working visit in the Asian country earlier in the day.
Andrzej Duda was first hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, before being received by Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at the City Hall.
There the Polish President was named an honorary citizen of the South Korean capital.
In his acceptance speech, he pointed to similarities in the history of both countries.
"We have existed for decades without the motherland," the Polish head of state said, "when this motherland was taken away from us, when it was under occupation."
"As a result, we can understand each other and find common ground on many issues," he added.
In Duda's view, these parallels may be the reason why South Korean businesses are doing so well in Poland. The President also reminded the audience that in 2016, Poland's flagship airline LOT opened a direct flight connection between Warsaw and Seoul. He added that hopefully the link will be used more extensively in the future.
The Polish President observed he had already visited the Republic of Korea in 2008, accompanying then head of state Lech Kaczynski, and noted with appreciation the improvement in Seoul's infrastructure since that time.
For his part, the mayor of Seoul said he hoped that with Poland's President becoming an honorary citizen of the South Korean capital, the two countries would tighten their friendship and develop stronger links in the future. (PAP)