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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Strengthening of Poland's int'l position the President's goal in 2018

Last year's meetings of the Polish President with his US counterpart, the chairmanship of a UN Security Council debate or the participation in the COP24 summit were among activities of the head of state aimed at the strengthening of Poland's position abroad.


Andrzej Duda is the first Polish President to have chaired a high-level UN security Council debate in New York. On January 1, 2018, Poland took up non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council while in May it assumed the monthly presidency of the Council. Poland will be sitting on the Council for two consecutive years.


Poland is a UN SC non-permanent member for the sixth time. Its previous terms were in 1946-1947, 1960 (term shared with Turkey), 1970-1971 and 1982-1983. Poland served its fifth term as a fully-independent state in 1996-1997. It will assume the monthly presidency of the Council again in the second half of 2019.


"Poland's candidacy was supported by a record number of 190 countries," the President's Office reported, stressing that voting was preceded by a number of meetings held by President Duda with world leaders.


In 2018, President Duda paid 24 foreign visits, including five trips to the US as well as visits to the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Switzerland and the Vatican.


The Polish President hosted eleven heads of state and government in Poland, including the Presidents of Israel and Germany, Reuven Rivlin and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, respectively.


In 2018, Poland hosted two important international meetings, namely, the Bucharest Nine Summit in Warsaw and the COP24 climate summit in Katowice (south Poland).


Last year, 28 new ambassadors presented their credentials to the Polish President, who also appointed 23 new Polish ambassadors. (PAP)

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