President Jacob Komoc said after President Andrzej Duda arrived in New York that there is a need for a conversation between the US and Polish presidents, but we want Washington to consider Nord Stream 2 sooner. As he added, this is not a 15 minute behind the scenes topic.
Jacob Komoc, head of the Office of International Policy in the President’s Chancellery, explained that there was no meeting with President Joe Biden on the itinerary of Andrzej Duda’s visit to the United States. As he clarified, the US side previously announced that Joe Biden does not plan to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit. Ultimately, Biden will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today in New York.
President Joe Biden is always welcome to our country (…) but We want to first think about what happened in relation to Nord Stream 2 and in relations with Central and Eastern Europe – Komoc said during his meeting with journalists. He added that the Russian gas pipeline created a “security deficit” in Europe, and noted that “this situation must be resolved.” At the same time, in response to a question from the PAP, he indicated that This does not mean that until the NS2 issue is resolved, a meeting between Presidents Duda and Biden is out of the question..
Komoc announced that President Duda’s speech today during the United Nations General Assembly session will focus on three main themes: the fight against the pandemic, the determination to combat climate change, and the struggle of nations for their rights. Speaking about the latter, he will mention, among other things, about Ukraine and Belarus.
The Minister stated that when it comes to Bilateral and multilateral meetings during the visit – incl. With the heads of the Baltic states, Ukraine and MoldovaThe dominant idea is to build relationships with regional partners.
In light of what happened with Nord Stream 2, we want (the region) to speak more with one voice – He said. He also confirmed that the President of Moldova, Maya Sandu and Estonia, Kirsti Kaljulaid, flew to the United States with President Duda on the same scheduled plane.
Besides, he added, There will be a meeting with the leaders of the regional powers, Brazil and Turkey. Talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan concern, inter alia, the following: The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. In turn, the conversation with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro concerns “Polish-Brazil cooperation in many areas.”
The coronavirus was detected in delegation member Bolsonaro – who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 – on Monday. But this has not thwarted his plans to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and there is no information that this will affect plans to speak with Duda.
As announced by Komouchi tomorrow The president will participate in a virtual summit on Covid-19 organized by the White House. He will also visit Zone Zero in Manhattan and meet with representatives of the Polish community.
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