During the ceremony at the presidential palace in Warsaw, President Andrzej Duda, accompanied by his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, emphasised the need for unity and mutual respect among different religions, Polish state news agency PAP reported.
Duda told those at the meeting that it was taking place at a time of uncertainty amid military tensions in many parts of the world and the coronavirus pandemic.
“Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for being here, which symbolises our continued existence, as well as the confidence that we will overcome all difficulties and, with the help of Providence, we’ll manage to emerge from this pandemic as a society, a big community of people who live in this land, in our country, creating its future together,” Duda said.
"It also shows that we want to be together and are ready to be together, which is a continuation of this huge tradition of the Republic of Poland as a community where people of various nationalities and faiths co-existed, but were above all bound together by a certain set of values," he added.
He thanked his guests for helping others during the pandemic and for an attitude of understanding towards difficulties that arose during a standoff on the Polish-Belarusian border, the PAP news agency reported.
Those taking part in the gathering included the Roman Catholic Primate of Poland, Wojciech Polak; the leader of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Poland and chairman of the Polish Ecumenical Council, Bishop Andrzej Malicki; the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich; and the leader of the Muslim Religious Association of Poland, Mufti Tomasz Miśkiewicz, PAP reported.