Source: Republic of Poland in English
At the end of his official visit to Bulgaria, Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev visited the exhibition “Fathers of Independence” at the Polish Institute in Sofia.
The two heads of state stressed that their common striving for independence shows the closeness of the Polish and Bulgarian people. In this context, President Duda mentioned three significant anniversaries observed this year, namely, Poland’s independence centenary, the 140th anniversary of Bulgaria’s liberation from Turkish domination, and the 100th anniversary of Polish-Bulgarian diplomatic relations.
The Polish president recalled that Bulgaria was one of the first countries to recognize Poland’s independence.
The Bulgarian President underlined that Poland has a strong respect for its independence as it had a very difficult history, and added that it was not by accident that Poles have been called a nation of free people. “Poland’s striving for independence has become a source of its modern successes,” he emphasized.
The exhibition presents Poland’s Independence Fathers: Marshal Józef Piłsudski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Roman Dmowski, Wincenty Witos, Ignacy Daszyński and Wojciech Korfanty.
Earlier in the day, President Duda met with Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov. The two politicians confirmed that bilateral relations were very good. They also shared an opinion about the role of the EU cohesion policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, which are of fundamental significance for the EU and which are an instrument of its development, according to a press release issued by the Bulgarian PM’s press services.
Andrzej Duda and Boyko Borisov expressed their concern over the tension between Ukraine and Russia in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait. (PAP)