Duda will make Estonia his first foreign trip as Polish President

  • 2015-08-17

Andrzej Duda, will make his first trip abroad as Polish President to Estonia on August 23, 2015. 

Duda was invited his Estonian counterpart, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

"The fact that President Duda will make Estonia his first destination as president, once again affirms the very close relationship of Poland and Estonia," said President Ilves.

"Poland has a central role in standing for the security interests of our region as well as strengthening the unity of NATO,” continued Ilves.

“We also see Poland's importance in protecting the common interests of the European Union.”

According to Ilves it is symbolic Duda’s visit will takes place on the 76th anniversary of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. 

As a result of the pact, Poland was the first to lose its freedom. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia quickly followed.

Estonia and Poland both consider integration to be key to a peaceful Europe, Ilves said.

In Tallinn, Duda will meet with Ilves as well as the speaker of the Riigikogu, Eiki Nestor, and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

He and will visit the Museum of Occupation where a joint conference of the two heads of state will take place.

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