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    Polish President launches “diplomatic offensive” before Biden’s visit

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    Prior to US President Joe Biden’s visit to Poland, the Polish President will initiate a “diplomatic offensive” with scheduled meetings with the head of NATO, the Prime Minister of the UK, the German Chancellor, the President of France, the President of Lithuania, and the President of Slovakia.

    On Monday, Andrzej Duda spoke of his plans for the week ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit, which is slated for February 20-22, and declared it “a good time to launch my own diplomatic offensive.”

    “Independently of the coming visit of President Biden, we have designed a whole range of activities… and we’re really launching that diplomatic offensive literally in the coming days,” Duda said.

    On Tuesday, the president will have a video call with Presidents Zuzana Caputova of Slovakia and Gitanas Nauseda of Lithuania. Then, on Thursday he will meet with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. Afterwards, the president will travel to the United Kingdom to confer with King Charles III and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

    “Then I will go to Munich where there will be a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, as well as the newly elected president of the Czech Republic (Petr Pavel – ed.) and the prime minister of Norway (Jonas Gahr Store – ed.),” Duda explained.

    At his meeting with the Nato chief, Biden said the focus would be on the summit of the alliance in Vilnius in July, along with the summit of the Bucharest Nine countries of Nato’s eastern flank in Warsaw during his visit.

    The president highlighted that Slovakia is currently presiding over the Bucharest Nine and that Lithuania will be hosting the upcoming NATO summit.

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