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Monday, 22 October 2018

Polish President arrives in Berlin for two-day visit

Polish president arrives in Berlin for two-day visit

Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Berlin on Monday afternoon for a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel. To cover, among other issues, the Three Seas initiative and Nord Stream 2 pipeline.


On Tuesday, the Polish and German President will hold a face-to-face talk after which they will meet with the media. Later in the day, Andrzej Duda and Steinmeier will take part in the 19th Polish-German Forum "Europe 1918-2018: History with a future" hosted by the German Foreign Ministry.


In the afternoon, President Duda will meet with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Head of the Polish President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski has said that talks with Merkel and Steinmeier are to focus on the future of Europe, transatlantic relations and the future of security policy in Central Eastern Europe.


"The president will also raise issues which are areas of dispute in current Polish-German relations including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, our assessment of this matter, but also voices which have been heard on the issue at the latest summit of the Visegrad countries," Krzysztof Szczerski said.


The presidential aide also pointed out that Andrzej Duda will "discuss EU politics in the context of our region (Central Eastern Europe - PAP) and the stance of the Visegrad Group regarding the main EU problems as well as the Three Seas initiative (...)." The Three Seas Initiative is a platform for cooperation of the presidents of twelve countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas. Its aim is to strengthen the cohesion of the European Union by strengthening the infrastructure, energy and economic cooperation of Central European countries. (PAP)

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