Polish president to visit Ethiopia
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President Andrzej Duda aims to drum up business for Poland during an upcoming trip to Ethiopia and to canvass support for his country’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
President Andrzej Duda (centre) and his wife, Agata Kornahauser-Duda (right). Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Duda told public broadcaster TVP that he would be accompanied by Polish businessmen on his two-day trip. He heads off on Sunday.
In the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Duda wants to meet officials from the African Union, which groups all countries in Africa.
Addis Ababa is also where the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is based.
Poland wants to gain the support of African countries for its efforts for a place on the UN Security Council in 2018-2019.
The Security Council consists of five veto-wielding permanent members (China, France, Russia, the UK and US), and 10 non-permanent members elected by the organisation’s General Assembly for a term of two years.
One non-permanent place goes to a country from Eastern Europe.
Poland has been engaged in a flurry of diplomatic efforts in recent months to seek support for its bid to be chosen as a non-permanent member.
A vote on accepting new, non-permanent members takes place in June.