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Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Ceremonial iftar in the Presidential Palace

On October 18, 2006, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczynski hosted on the occasion of Ramadan a ceremonial dinner iftar for the Ambassadors from Muslim states in Poland. The event was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anna Fotyga, the Chief of the Cabinet, Aleksander Szczygło, as well as representatives of the Government and the Chancellery of the President.

During the dinner, the President gave a short speech marking that Poland with its long-standing presence in the Middle East, Asia and Africa wishes to increase its commitment in those regions mainly by means of peace and security-oriented activities. It is in that context that one should look at Poland’s activities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon or Bosnia and Herzegovina. The President emphasized Poland’s historical attachment to such values as tolerance, dialogue and cooperation between nations.

Also the dean of the group of Muslim states the Ambassador of Afghanistan, Abdul H. Haidar took the floor thanking the President for the invitation. He underscored that nowadays it is important that Christianity and Islam should deepen their relations and respect each other. He also recalled the personage of the great Pole John Paul II, an advocate of peace and understanding between religions.

In attendance at the dinner was also the dean of the diplomatic corps, the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland who thanked the President for the initiative to organize the meeting and referred to the role played by the Pope John Paul II in Christian-Muslim dialogue.
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