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Polish president to attend UN Africa business forum in New York

21.09.2023 09:30
Poland’s president concludes his trip to America on Thursday with an appearance at the United Nations Global Africa Business Initiative Forum and a visit to the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America.
Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Polish President Andrzej Duda.PAP/EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Andrzej Duda will use his participation in the UN event to combat Russian disinformation, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The UN Global Africa Business Initiative Forum brings together the leaders of African nations, business executives and senior officials including UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The Polish president’s top foreign policy aide, Marcin Przydacz, told reporters that “direct talks with African leaders are extremely important in combating Russian disinformation and presenting the true picture” of the war in Ukraine.

Duda is also expected to "discuss Africa’s development" as “a necessary condition for reducing the migration pressure on Europe,” Przydacz said.

Later on Thursday, the Polish president and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda are scheduled to visit the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, a Polish cultural and scientific institution in New York with a history dating back 80 years, the PAP news agency reported.

During his five-day visit to the United States, Poland’s head of state addressed the UN General Assembly, took part in a debate on the war in Ukraine at the UN Security Council, and held a series of bilateral meetings, including with the UN’s Guterres, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Moldovan President Maia Sandu and Baltic leaders. 

On Wednesday, Poland’s first couple also met with representatives of America’s Jewish community to discuss trans-Atlantic relations, according to officials.

During the meeting at Poland’s mission to the UN in New York, Duda decorated Stanlee Joyce Stahl from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, “for outstanding service for the Righteous Among the Nations living in Poland,” the PAP news agency reported.

The Righteous Among the Nations is an honour granted by Israel to people who saved Jews from the Holocaust.

Thursday is day 575 of Russia’s war on Ukraine. 

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.


Source: IAR, PAP, prezydent.pl