President Duda to visit Vatican, Italy next week

Polish President Andrzej Duda will pay a visit to the Holy See and Italy next week. This will be his first foreign trip since being sworn-in for a second term in August.

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During the official visit on September 23-25, President Duda will have an audience with Pope Francis. He will also meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as well as the Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the President’s Chief of Staff, said that the visit to the Vatican and also to Italy was initially planned for May but was put off due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic.

Mr Szczerski added that choosing Rome as the destination of his first foreign visit the president “wants to emphasise Poland’s and Poles’ solidarity with the Italian nation so hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.”

He stressed that the president’s visit to Italy “offers an opportunity to honour all those who have lost their lives due to the coronavirus, and to congratulate the persistence and unwavering spirit of the Italian people.”

The talks, according to Mr Szczerski, are to cover the pandemic situation in both countries and Europe, mechanisms of cooperation for similar situations in the future, as well as bilateral political and economic cooperation and security policy in Europe.

On Friday, September 25, the Polish President will visit the Vatican. The visit is connected with the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. The president will meet with Pope Francis and lay flowers on the tomb of the late pope born in Poland.

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