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Monday, 23 October 2006

The President of the Republic of Poland on a visit to Hungary

In the afternoon of 22 October 2006, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, and the First Lady left for Hungary. The Polish President is attending the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising.

During the first day of his visit to the Republic of Hungary, President Lech Kaczyński attended a concert of classical music at Budapest’s National Opera. In the evening, he took part in a dinner hosted by the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary in honour of the Guests.

On 23 October 2006, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, met in the morning with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Hungary, Katalin Szili.

Next, the President of the Republic of Poland laid flowers at the Memorial to the Victims of 25 October 1956. Along with representatives of other states, he attended the inauguration of the Budapest Freedom Forum in Kossuth Square. A Declaration of Freedom was read out during the inauguration ceremony, signed at the Parliament building by representatives of the Hungarian authorities and the guests invited to the celebrations, including by the Polish President.

Early in the afternoon, President Lech Kaczyński met with the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler. The meeting lasted nearly an hour and a half. Following the meeting, the Polish President told the journalists that the issues discussed in the course of the meeting included EU-Russia relations and the roles of the USA and Russia as global players. Lech Kaczyński said it had been an interesting meeting that had laid groundwork for further dialogue. He pointed out that it had been the fourth time within the past ten months that he had met with the German President.

Subsequently, Lech Kaczyński and Mrs. Kaczyńska went to the Esztergom basilica, where the President laid flowers at Cardinal József Mindszenty’s grave and visited the cathedral’s treasury. At Esztergom’s Archbishop’s Palace, the Presidential Couple were received by the Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Peter Erdö.
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