Polish president to make first visit to EU allies

24th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski will embark on his first visit to EU allies Belgium, France and Germany next month since coming into office, the presidency said Tuesday.

Komorowski, 58, who was sworn in earlier this month, will visit Brussels, Paris and Berlin from September 1-3 in a brief tour aimed at strengthening diplomatic ties.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will use his September 2 meeting with Komorowski to reaffirm bilateral relations and to discuss European and strategic questions, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The free-market liberal Komorowski was elected on July 4 after winning 53.01 percent of votes in the second round of snap elections, forced by the April plane crash death of predecessor Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 Polish officials.

France, Germany and Poland have been cooperating closely in the so-called Weimar Triangle grouping since 1991, after the fall of communism, to improve relations between Berlin and Warsaw, drawing inspiration from the Franco-German model for their reconciliation, and to help Poland move closer to the European Union.

© 2010 AFP

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