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    First visit of the Portuguese president to Poland in 15 years

    In an unprecedented diplomatic event, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal conducted the first official visit to Poland in 15 years. The visit holds particular significance due to its timing amidst a crucial phase of this year’s political calendar, with numerous pivotal international meetings slated for September and October.

    President Andrzej Duda emphasized discussions encompassing Poland’s internal affairs, the Russian aggression in Ukraine, refugees within Poland, and the hybrid migration pressure orchestrated by the Belarusian regime. He stressed that safeguarding Poland’s borders extends beyond a national duty, shaping the boundary of NATO, the European Union, and the Schengen Zone.

    Duda highlighted the complexity arising from the presence of Wagner Group mercenaries, underscoring the challenges at the border. The visit culminated in the awarding of honors, with President Duda bestowing the Order of the White Eagle upon President Rebelo de Sousa, recognizing their collaborative efforts, while President Rebelo de Sousa honored President Duda with the Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry for fostering Polish-Portuguese relations.

    Polish and Portuguese Presidents address geopolitical concerns during a landmark visit, reinforcing mutual commitment and diplomatic ties.

    Amid talks of security challenges and migration pressures, Presidents reaffirm the collective duty to protect borders as guardians of NATO and EU stability.

    Presidents of Poland and Portugal exchange honors and discourse, addressing security, migration, and international alliances during a significant diplomatic rendezvous.

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