Polish president marks three years in office
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Poland’s president will make several important foreign trips during his fourth year in office amid efforts to raise the country’s profile abroad, an aide said as Andrzej Duda on Monday marked three years as head of state.
Andrzej DudaPhoto: prezydent.pl
Duda’s fourth year as president will see him visiting the White House and the Vatican, and he will also make a historic trip to Australia and New Zealand later this month, the president's chief of staff, Krzysztof Szczerski, told public broadcaster Polish Radio on Monday.
The Polish head of state will also take part in what is known as a Three Seas Initiative summit and host his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Warsaw during his fourth year as president, Szczerski said.
Duda was elected for a five-year term in May 2015 and sworn in as president before the joint houses of parliament on August 6 that year.
In terms of foreign policy, the third year of Duda's presidency was dominated by consistent efforts by the head of state to “build Poland's position in the international arena,” Szczerski has told the state news agency PAP.
Szczerski told Polish Radio in an interview that Duda’s foreign policy successes during his first three years as president included a 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw and "activities as part of the United Nations and the Three Seas Initiative,” in addition to many international talks during which the president tried to build Poland’s role internationally.
Poland’s conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński said last month that there was a high likelihood that his ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party would field Duda as its candidate in the next presidential election in 2020.
Source: PAP, IAR, Polish Radio