Security, trade ties among Polish president's priorities for 2017: top official
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Security, trade ties and a higher profile for Poland internationally are among the Polish president's foreign policy priorities this year, a presidential aide has said.
Andrzej Duda. Photo: Flickr.com/European Parliament
President Andrzej Duda is expected to take part in a NATO summit in Brussels in 2017, where he aims to speak to US President Donald Trump, the aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, told the IAR news agency.
According to Szczerski, Duda hopes Poland's foreign ministry builds ties with the US such that conversations between the presidents will not only be via telephone.
The Polish president will also continue to actively support Poland's candidacy for a non-permanent place on the United Nations Security Council for 2018-2019.
Szczerski said Duda has launched the final stage of his campaign to promote Poland as a candidate; a decision is expected mid-year.
The presidential aide also said Duda would focus on partnerships within the Visegrad Group, which comprises Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and with countries bordering the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas.
In talks with those countries' leaders, Duda will discuss Europe's future, ahead of elections scheduled in a number of EU states, Szczerski said.
Duda is also expected to help develop new trade partnerships. The Polish president will travel to Mexico for the first time, and has also been invited to Kazakhstan for EXPO 2017, while in February he will take part in a security conference in Munich, southern Germany. (vb/pk)