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President Andrzej Duda in the USA, meeting with Donald Trump, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General

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I was invited by Donald Trump to his private apartment. This is truly a private visit, a private invitation, said President Andrzej Duda, who is visiting the US, referring to the planned meeting with Trump. He also presented what his talks included, among others, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

President Andrzej Duda is visiting the United States, where on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, Polish time, he will meet Donald Trump, former president of the United States and a likely re-candidate for this office.

At Wednesday's briefing in New York, the president was asked by “Fakty” TVN correspondent Marcin Wrona about the talks with Donald Trump and whether he was afraid that the meeting “may slightly antagonize Joe Biden's administration.” – No, I'm not afraid, because presidents meet with their colleagues, especially those who once held presidential offices in their countries. This is normal practice, there is nothing extraordinary about it, he said.

He added that “presidents also meet with various politicians during their visits abroad.” – It is normal that if a country has good relations with another country, it wants these relations to be the best with representatives of various sides of the political scene – said Duda.

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– I was invited by Mr. Donald Trump to his private apartment. This is truly a private visit, a private invitation, he noted. He added that he had worked with Donald Trump for four years. – We know each other, we are in good relations – he said.

He added that the talks “will concern our cooperation.” – We just know each other as people. Like two, I can say in a sense, friends, the president noted.

Asked about Trump's reaction to his proposal to increase the minimum level of defense spending in NATO countries from 2 to 3 percent, he replied: – I have never talked to President Donald Trump about my proposal to increase NATO countries' defense spending from 2 to 3 percent of GDP, but I think his attitude towards it will be positive.

Duda: I discussed the crises in Ukraine and Gaza with the UN Secretary General

During his conversation with journalists, the president also talked about “a number of very important meetings” he had with the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Paula Narvaez, the President of the General Assembly Dennis Francis and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said that the main topic of talks with Narvaez and Francis was the development of Poland and our part of Europe. – I talked about cooperation within the Three Seas Initiative, our infrastructure development and our infrastructure development plans, he said.

The president said the conversation with Guterres concerned security matters. – The most important topics were the two great crises we are dealing with today. The one that results from Russian aggression against Ukraine, and the one that is taking place in the Middle East after the Hamas attack on Israel, he said.

The president on “a number of very important meetings” during his visit to the USTVN24

In a conversation with Guterres, Duda emphasized that everything must be done to prevent Russia from winning the war in Ukraine. – Today, in my opinion, this is the most important obligation that rests on those countries that call themselves a free, democratic world – said the president.

– I told the secretary that the months ahead are crucial and we need to seek support for Ukraine, he said. He added that Guterres emphasized “the extremely important role (of Poland) in supporting Ukraine and providing support for Ukraine's assistance from the free world.” The issue of refugees from Ukraine staying in Poland was also discussed.

Duda said that he also discussed the crisis in the Gaza Strip, the potential threat of a war-related refugee crisis and the case of a Pole who died as a result of Israeli shelling in the Gaza Strip with the UN Secretary General.

– We also talked about sustainable development in connection with the Sustainable Development Week that has just started in the US, and about tomorrow's debate in which I will participate – added the president.

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