President Andrzej Duda will pay a one-day working visit to Berlin on Monday, where he will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The head of the President’s Office of International Policy, Jakub Kumoch, said that the topics of the talks will include security, the humanitarian crisis that threatens Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.
The president will be greeted by the president on Monday morning Germanthen a face-to-face meeting between the two politicians was planned.
At noon, the presidents will take part in a working breakfast, and at 1.40 pm they will meet with representatives of the media.
In the afternoon Andrzej Duda will visit the Pilecki Institute in Berlin, where he will visit the exhibition “Solidarity, Help. Freedom”, meet the employees and collaborators of the Institute, and then meet Ukrainian volunteers.
Kumoch: security, crisis, bilateral relations among the topics of conversation
– The topics of the talks are, of course, focused on security issues, but also on issues that affect both Poland and Germany very much: the approaching winter, the humanitarian crisis that threatens Ukraine and a wave of refugees that we can face as a European community – enumerated the head of the President’s Office of International Policy Jakub Kumoch at last week’s briefing. As he emphasized, Poland “of course does not run away from its role – a home for those in need”. – On the other hand, our partners wanted this conversation, the continuation of this dialogue – he stressed.
The head of BPM pointed out that the presidents’ talks will also concern European issues and Polish-German relations. He added that Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, Minister of European Affairs, will probably also take part in the visit. – Bilateral issues will certainly be discussed – I would like to remind you that the presidents set themselves the task, regardless of how the Polish-German dialogue is developing, to be a bridge connecting both societies – added Kumoch.
As he assessed, in Germany the president plays the role of “the voice of society”. – The Polish president also wants to be a partner in this dialogue. This dialogue is intense, the meetings have been held many times this year, most recently during the meeting of the presidents of the Arraiolos group (an informal format of meetings of EU heads of state – ed.) – this is the role that both presidents have assigned themselves – he added.
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