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Three Polish officials, Paweł Jabłoński, Jakub Kumoch, and Paweł Soloch have been awarded state decorations by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, on Thursday. The awards were given to recognize their contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Poland and Latvia, as well as their exemplary cooperation in providing aid to Ukraine. The three were decorated with the state honor at the Riga Castle in the afternoon, during Latvia’s Independence Restoration Day celebration.
Paweł Soloch, former chief of the National Security Bureau, Jakub Kumoch, former head of the Presidential International Policy Office, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paweł Jabłoński, were all awarded the honors.
In his acceptance speech, Jabłoński expressed gratitude for the recognition and more importantly, for the successful partnership between Latvia and Poland. The two countries fought together against the ’empire of evil’ three decades ago, regained their independence and freedom, and are once again fighting against the same empire of evil to help Ukraine. Jabłoński expressed confidence that they will emerge victorious once again.
Kumoch also recalled the first visit by the presidents of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to the war-torn Kiev in April 2022. He said that this was a moment that demonstrated the courage and unity of their region. He emphasized that if they remain united, no country would be occupied by Russia in the future.
Soloch, on the other hand, highlighted that Poland and Latvia were not only allies and partners but also friends. He saw this friendship in action when they organized the trip to Kiev. He thanked the Latvian side for their cooperation on behalf of the Polish President, Andrzej Duda.
This award is a testament to the strong partnership between Latvia and Poland, as well as their commitment to helping Ukraine in its struggle against aggression. The Polish officials’ efforts to strengthen bilateral relations and provide assistance to Ukraine have been recognized, and this honor will inspire them to continue their work towards peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.