President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda arrived on Thursday afternoon from Montenegro to North Macedonia. – Both countries are our allies in NATO. We want to hear their point of view and to what extent they may be afraid of extending any hybrid actions against other countries in the region, said Jakub Kumoch, the head of the presidential International Policy Bureau.
The presidential couple is continuing their visit to the Balkans that began on Tuesday. On Thursday afternoon, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda from Montenegro arrived in North Macedonia, where the Polish president will meet, inter alia, with the country’s leader Stevo Pendarovski.
As reported by the head of the presidential International Policy Bureau (BPM), Jakub Kumoch, the dominant topic of visits to both countries is security and the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. – Both countries are our allies in NATO. We really want to hear their point of view and to what extent they may be afraid of extending any hybrid actions against other countries in the region, he said.
The visit is also an opportunity to express support for the EU aspirations of Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Plan of the visit of President Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda to North Macedonia
On Thursday evening, during a meeting with representatives of the Polish diaspora, President Andrzej Duda will present state decorations. A speech by the head of state is scheduled.
On Friday at At 10.30 the Polish presidential couple will be officially welcomed at the Presidential Palace in Skopje by the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, and his wife, Elizabeta Pendarovska.
Later – according to the schedule published on the KPRP website – there will be a face-to-face conversation between the two presidents and plenary talks of the delegation chaired by Duda and Pendarovski. At At 12.30 a press conference of the presidents is planned.
The schedule of the visit also shows that at At 12.50, the presidents will lay wreaths on the grave of the national hero Goce Delczewo. At. 13.15 will take part in the opening of the Polish-Macedonian Economic Forum. Speeches by both leaders are foreseen.
However, at On 14, President Duda will meet the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. At At 15.20, the Polish president will meet with Talat Xhaferi, chairman of the North Macedonian Assembly.
Migration crisis on the border with Belarus
The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border will be one of the main topics of both visits by the presidential couple. There is a migration crisis on the border, triggered by the regime of the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenka. The West calls Belarusian actions a hybrid war. The crisis is also affecting Lithuania and Latvia.
In Poland, the situation worsened earlier this week, when migrants gathered at the border crossing in Kuźnica and tried forcibly to get to Poland. On Tuesday, several Polish officers were injured by stones thrown by migrants.
There is a state of emergency in the border zone with Belarus. Journalists have no access to the zone it covers. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.
Main photo source: PAP / Radek Pietruszka