"Winter Olympic Games opening an occasion for informal meetings"
Polish President Andrzej Duda has said that the inauguration of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang is an occasion to hold informal meetings with visiting heads of state and government.
President Duda met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, among other leaders.
President Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, who are on a working visit to South Korea on Feb. 7-11, will take part in the inauguration of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Friday evening.
"The opening ceremony is a great festival of friendship, peace and sports rivalry, which is very good for the world," the President told Polish reporters, stressing that this was very important for building peace.
The President said that "over 20 state and government leaders have come to Pyeongchang, and this will be an occasion for social and political meetings."
"On the sidelines of the event one can hold many interesting conversations, which can lead to concrete political decisions," President Duda went on to say.
"Today, we will be together in one place with the President of South Korea, the US vice-president and the German head of state," he said, adding that the ceremony will be attended by many people, "whose voices are important in the world."
On Saturday, the Polish Presidential Couple will visit the Olympic village, where they will meet with Polish sportspeople, and will watch the Men's Normal Hill Individual competition. (PAP)