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Polish president to attend Victory in Europe anniversary in Paris

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Peter Gentle 07.05.2013 11:45
President Bronisław Komorowski begins a two-day state visit to France, Tuesday, for talks with President Hollande and to attend 68th anniversary ceremonies marking WW II Victory in Europe Day.

Pres. Komorowski and First Lady Anna leave for Paris, Tuesday morning: photo - PAP/Jacek Turczyk

This will be President Komorowski’s second visit to France.

“In September 2010, President Komorowski visited Brussels, Paris and Berlin, highlighting Warsaw’s commitment to consolidate cooperation with France and Germany,” undersecretary of state at the Presidential Chancellery in Warsaw, Jaromir Sokołowski, told the PAP news agency.

The aim of the current visit is to give a fresh stimulus to a Polish-French strategic partnership and strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in the economic and military sphere, he says.

Sokołowski said that President Komorowski’s talks with his French counterpart will also cover the future of European integration, with the stress on closer collaboration within the framework of common security and defence policy, as well as the ways and means of overcoming the current crisis of the European Union.

“President Komorowski will thank President Holland for his decision to send 1,000 French troops to participate in the ‘Steadfast Jazz’ NATO Response Force exercises to be held in Poland and the Baltic state in the autumn, the first ever NATO military training on Polish territory,” Sokołowski says.

A letter of intent on Polish-French military cooperation is also to be signed today by defence ministers Tomasz Siemoniak and Jean-Yves Le Drian.

On Wednesday, the Polish President will join his French host in a celebration of the 68th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, where a Polish Army sub-unit and some 200 Polish war veterans will be taking part in the event.

President Komorowski is being accompanied on his state visit to Paris by First Lady Anna Komorowska. (pg/mk)

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