18 września 2017
Krzysztof Szczerski – Secretary of State – Chief of the Cabinet of the President

President Andrzej Duda's speech at the United Nations General Assembly in the United States will be "built" around Poland's future membership of the UN Security Council, the Polish president's top aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, said on Monday.

President Duda will visit the United States on Tuesday-Thursday and take part in the general debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The presidential minister noted that, as of the next year, Poland will become a member of the UN Security Council, "the world's most important decision-making body as regards world peace".

"The president will naturally give his thanks for the decision to include Poland on this body, and will outline the most important guidelines and considerations of Poland's membership of the UN Security Council and the Polish contribution to its work", Krzysztof Szczerski declared.

Minister Szczerski said that Andrzej Duda's UN speech would largely focus on the notion of freedom as a route to peace. "The president will also point out new types of threats to international security, such as the interference of third countries and external organisations in the democratic processes of sovereign states", the presidential minister announced.

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Krzysztof Szczerski told a press conference on Monday that the Polish president's agenda featured several bilateral meetings. His partners will include Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Ukrainian head of state Viktor Poroshenko.

Andrzej Duda and Grybauskaite are to discuss the ongoing Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 military manoeuvres. "The meeting will be held at the request of President Grybauskaite", Szczerski noted.

President Duda will also hold talks with his Armenian counterpart and several other leaders.

"There will also be an opportunity to talk both to the US president and vice-president", Szczerski noted, specifying those would be more informal meetings during an official dinner and a lunch.

Duda will also meet members of the Polish diaspora in the US on two occasions, according to the aide.

Apart from that, the Polish head of state will talk to representatives of major US investment funds and will encourage them to invest in Poland and the Three Seas region.

An important point on Duda's agenda will be his visit to US military academy West Point on the occasion of the 2017 Year of Kosciuszko. The Polish president is scheduled to address the academy cadets, Krzysztof Szczerski also said. (PAP)