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    New Czech President on a visit to Poland

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    The new Czech President Petr Pavel pays a visit to Poland on 16 and 17 March. Yesterday, he met with President Andrzej Duda, and today he meets Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. 

    Petr Pavel, a retired general, decisively defeated former Prime Minister Andrej Babisz in the elections. Pavel is a supporter of closer relations within the European Union and NATO.

    The consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and bilateral relations were discussed in Warsaw by Polish President Andrzej Duda and Petr Pavel, who was sworn in as President of the Czech Republic on 9 March.

    “I hope that we will cooperate closely, building the best possible Polish-Czech relations, also in the formats of NATO, the European Union, the Three Seas Initiative and the Bucharest Nine,”

    Andrzej Duda stressed during the leaders’ joint meeting with journalists.

    As he added, the Polish side greatly appreciates the fact that Warsaw is the second – after Bratislava – capital to which Petr Pavel is paying a visit. 

    “We are proud that you chose Warsaw a week after being sworn in,”

    the Polish President stressed.

    As he relayed, yesterday’s discussions included the region’s military security, including the need to strengthen the North Atlantic Alliance’s eastern flank in the context of the war in Ukraine and a common position on this issue in connection with the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius. They also discussed the next steps in assisting Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

    Today, in turn, President Pavel met with, among others, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The talks focused on bilateral and regional cooperation and security issues, including Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

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