President to participate in Bucharest Nine summit in Slovakia
Polish President Andrzej Duda will participate in the Bucharest Nine (B9) summit in Kosice, Slovakia, on 28 February. On the occasion of NATO's 70th anniversary, politicians will discuss among others security in the region and hybrid threats.
The group, known as the Bucharest Nine, brings together Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and meets quarterly. Thursday's meeting will also be attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Slovakian President's Office informed that the main purpose of the summit is to celebrate NATO's 70th anniversary as well as the 15th and 20th anniversaries of the accession of some of the B9 member states to the alliance.
The summit's organisers plan to unveil a monument symbolising the B9 heads of states meeting as well as the 70th anniversary of NATO. At the end of the meeting, politicians will agree on a declaration regarding the B9 position on future directions of the group.
Presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski said that the summit will be an occasion for summaries and exchanges of opinion on the future. The discussion will refer to the situation in the region and regional security, including increasing regional defence and deterrence capabilities by extending the presence of US troops in Poland.
"Poland wants to implement the Polish-American agreements in the broader context of regional alliance security," Krzysztof Szczerski noted.
On the side-lines, President Duda will hold bilateral talks with his Hungarian and Estonian counterparts Janos Ader and Kersti Kaljulaid.
Also on Thursday, a press conference with the participation of the Presidents of Slovakia, Romania and Poland is planned. (PAP)