Foreign Minister Schetyna in Ireland
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The head of Poland’s Foreign Ministry, Grzegorz Schetyna is in Ireland on an official visit.
Minister Grzegorz Schetyna flew to Ireland on Sunday. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
The Polish Foreign Minister will meet his Irish counterpart Charles Flanagan as well as members of the Polish diaspora.
The trip which started on Sunday is the first visit by Poland’s Foreign Minister to Ireland in nine years.
"The main themes of talks will include the future of the European Union and its immediate neighbourhood, including, naturally, the situation in Ukraine,” MFA’s Press Office Director Michał Safianik told the PAP news agency.
“The ministers will also discuss the prospects of developing bilateral cooperation between Poland and Ireland,” he added.
Ireland is an important economic partner for Poland, Safianik said, adding that trade with Ireland is growing: in 2014 it increased by EUR 166 million over 2013.
The visit programme also includes a meeting with the Polish diaspora. Poles are Ireland’s largest national minority. Around 150,000 Poles live in Ireland and the Polish language is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the country.
“Poles’ presence in Ireland, their positive influence on Ireland’s economy and its cultural life is appreciated by the Irish people,” the MFA Press Office director said, referring to the Polska Eire Festival of Polish culture as an example. (rg)