President Pahor pays an official visit to Poland on the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations
Warsaw, Poland, 20. 5. 2022 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor is on an official visit to the Republic of Poland, where he was received today by his host, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
The visit is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and is intended to confirm the friendship between the two countries and their commitment to the fundamental principles of the functioning of the international community.
Presidents Pahor and Duda often meet in bilateral and multilateral meetings and conduct a very good and open dialogue.
After an official reception with a guard of honour, the presidents had a long tête-à-tête meeting, which was followed by plenary talks between the delegations of the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Poland, chaired by the two presidents.
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS
In a statement after the meeting, President Pahor first noted the excellent relations between the two countries, both in politics and business, as well as in science, culture and between people.
During the conversation, the interlocutors noted the importance of the alliance of Slovenia and Poland within the EU and NATO. On this occasion, the President of the Republic noted the importance of mutual understanding of views on important foreign policy issues and the need for regular dialogue at the highest political level.
The presidents then exchanged views on the war in Ukraine and the considerably changed security situation in the international environment. The Slovenian President welcomed and expressed admiration for Poland's extraordinary support for the Ukrainian people and solidarity with them. He thanked President Duda for the care Poland is providing to Ukrainian refugees. "The Polish are an example and inspiration for our common, European conduct in these circumstances, not only in humanitarian, but also in political and security terms," said the Slovenian President. He thanked President Duda for the invitation to the initiative to support Ukraine's European perspective and said it would be politically wise if the EU was able to reach a consensus to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country at a forthcoming summit. President Pahor also thanked President Dudi for understanding the concerns regarding the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which deserves special attention and a faster path towards the EU.
President Pahor expressed his firm conviction that this visit will deepen cooperation between the countries in many areas, both in politics and business as well as in science, culture and all other areas that are and will be in their common interest.
On the occasion of World Bee Day, which is celebrated today, Presidents Pahor and Duda visited the apiary in the garden of Belweder Palace. This was followed by an official lunch hosted by the President of the Republic of Poland in honour of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, with the invitees also featuring some prominent Slovenians in Poland.
The visit continued in Łazienki Park, where President Pahor symbolically handed to President Duda a descendant of the "old vine – the oldest vine in the world from Maribor".
As part of his official visit to Poland, the Slovenian President also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.
In the afternoon, President Pahor will meet with the Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Elżbieta Witek and the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Tomasz Grodzki.
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS
Tomorrow, President Pahor will continue his official visit to Poland with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, where he will be acquainted with the progress of the renovation work on Block 17 of the former concentration camp, where a permanent exhibition on Slovenian internees will be set up. On the occasion, the President of the Republic will lay a wreath at the memorial.
The President of the Republic of Poland paid an official visit to Slovenia in March 2017, and at his invitation President Pahor attended a global ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War in 2019; in 2018, the presidents unveiled a monument in Gorlice to the Slovenians who fell on the Galician front during the First World War. The presidents also meet on other occasions and consult on topical issues by telephone, most recently last March.