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President Andrzej Duda in the USA

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President Andrzej Duda came to New York on Monday evening. Thus, he began his four-day visit to the USA, during which he will take part in the debate of the UN General Assembly and meet, inter alia, with the presidents of Turkey, Brazil and Ukraine. The program of the presidential visit does not include a meeting with the US president.

President Andrzej Duda arrived in New York on a scheduled LOT flight that landed at John F. Kennedy airport on Monday evening. President of Moldova, Maia Sandu and Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, were flying from Warsaw on the same flight, as announced by the Presidential Minister Jakub Kumoch.

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Speech at the United Nations

Duda will be in New York until Friday. The main occasion to visit this city is the speech of the president during the general debate of the UN General Assembly, planned just after midnight on Tuesday night, Polish time.

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Presidential Minister Jakub Kumoch announced that Tuesday’s speech by President Duda during the session of the UN General Assembly will focus on three main topics: the fight against the pandemic, determination to fight climate change and the fight of nations for their rights. Speaking about the latter, he will mention, among others, about Ukraine and Belarus.

The head of state will also take part in side sessions of the Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan, COVID-19 and energy and climate change.

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Meetings with heads of state

Earlier, in the backstage of the summit, the president will meet, inter alia, with Brazilian President Jaire Bolsonaro, Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, Mongolian President Uchnaagijn Chürelsüch and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. There are also plans to meet with Ukrainian presidents Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Moldova Maja Sandu and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili. The president will also meet representatives of the Atlantic Council think-tank – the main topic will be the Three Seas Initiative.

The talks with the president of Turkey are to concern, inter alia, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. In turn, the conversation with the Brazilian President Bolsonaro is to concern “Polish-Brazilian cooperation in many areas”.

In the following days, the president will hold talks with his counterparts from Montenegro and the Baltic states.

No meeting with Biden

The program of the presidential visit does not include a meeting with the US President, Joe Biden.

– President Joe Biden is always welcome in our country (…) but we want to first reflect on what has happened in connection with Nord Stream 2 and on relations with Central and Eastern Europe – he said Presidential Minister Jakub Kumoch during a meeting with journalists after President Andrzej Duda’s arrival in New York. He added that the Russian gas pipeline created a “security deficit” in Europe and stressed that “this situation must be resolved”. As he noted, this is not a topic for 15 minutes behind the scenes.

– In light of what happened with Nord Stream 2, we want (the region) to speak more with one voice – said Kumoch. At the same time, he stated that this does not mean that as long as the NS2 problem is not resolved, a meeting between Presidents Duda and Biden is out of the question. As he explained, the American side has previously announced that Biden is not planning bilateral meetings in the sidelines of the summit. Ultimately, Biden will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in New York on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden is always welcome in our country (…) but we want to first reflect on what has happened in connection with Nord Stream 2 and on relations with Central and Eastern Europe

Visit plan

At 2 p.m. Polish time (8 local time) President Andrzej Duda will begin his visit to New York with a meeting with President Bolsonaro, followed by at 15 will take part in the opening of the debate of the leaders of the General Assembly. The debate will be opened by Bolsonaro, followed by US President Joe Biden.

At 4.30 p.m. the president will meet his Mongolian counterpart, and at 17 o’clock – with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations for Peacekeeping Operations. ABOUT at 18.30 Duda will hold talks with representatives of the Atlantic Council think-tank, where the main topic is the Three Seas Initiative.

At 20 the president’s speech for the media is planned, and at 10.30 pm Duda will meet Turkish President Erdogan in the newly opened Turkish House skyscraper, which is the seat of the Turkish mission to the United Nations.

At 23.40 the Polish leader will talk to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, then 15 minutes after midnight Polish time he will make a speech before the General Assembly.

The ending point of the Tuesday program is a meeting with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Moldova Maia Sandu and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili at the Polish Consulate.

The presidential couple will also pay a visit to the monument commemorating the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will lay a wreath at the Survival Tree, and will meet participants of the events from twenty years ago and representatives of Polish uniformed services taking part in the rescue operation at the WTC.

In Linden, New Jersey, Andrzej Duda will talk with representatives of the Polish diaspora, and on Friday in New York, the presidential couple will visit the headquarters of the Polish Army Veterans Association in America (SWAP) on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

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