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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

President Andrzej Duda to host Bulgaria's head of state

On Thursday, Poland's President Andrzej Duda will meet his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev in Warsaw, to talk mainly about NATO, The Three Seas Initiative, the future of the European Union and economic collaboration.


Rumen Radev, accompanied by his wife, will be welcomed by the Polish presidential couple at the Belweder palace. The two pairs will then hold a conversation, followed by a private meeting between the presidents.


Next, a plenary session will take place, with the two delegations headed by Presidents Duda and Radev, respectively.


Both heads of state are to also hold a press conference, whereupon they will attend the Polish-Bulgarian Economic Forum.


In the afternoon, the Bulgarian president is to lay a wreath at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before being entertained together with his wife at an official evening dinner at the presidential palace.


Setting out the background of the visit, the Polish President's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said "Poland and Bulgaria share two regional platforms".


The first of them is the Three Seas Initiative, grouping the 12 countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas, with Duda and Radev expected to discuss the recent summit in Warsaw as well as perspectives for the future, including next year's top meeting in Romania. The Three Seas club is designed to foster cooperation in energy, transport, digitisation and economy.


Secondly, both Poland and Bulgaria belong to the so-called Bucharest Nine (along with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Romania), making up NATO's Eastern flank, the top presidential aide pointed out.


Minister Szczerski added that "despite different individual strategies, Poland and Bulgaria share the view that NATO should be present in the region", so the alliance's matters are also set to be talked over.


Another topic will be the EU, with Bulgaria scheduled to preside over the community next year. Sofia hopes to highlight the need to tap into the potential of Western Balkans, which present "a great opportunity" for Europe, the aide explained.


Krzysztof Szczerski emphasised Poland supported this view, the president having met his Georgian and Macedonian colleagues, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Gjorge Ivanov, respectively, at the recent Economic Forum in Krynica, southern Poland.


Andrzej Duda's top aide also pointed out Radev would bring a large group of businessmen with him, to take part in the Polish-Bulgarian Economic Forum.


Thus the meeting of the two presidents "is also designed to demonstrate the potential of investment and trade collaboration between our countries", Minister Szczerski concluded. (PAP)

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