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  • 7 November 2018

    Signing of the statute of the Parliamentary Assembly of Poland and Georgia was the main point of the visit of the Speaker of the Polish Parliament Marek Kuchciński in Tbilisi, on 5-6 November 2018.

    The delegation was attended by members of the  parliament-  members of the Sejm and Senate to the Polish and Georgian Parliamentary Assembly: Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate Maria Koc, members of the polish parliament: Małgorzata Gosiewska, Magdalena Kochan and Bartosz Józwiak and Head of the Chancellery of the Polish Sejm Agnieszka Kaczmarska, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk .

    Marshal Marek Kuchciński met with the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze. The speakers discussed Polish-Georgian political, economic, educational and cultural cooperation. The Speaker of the Sejm pointed out that Poland opposes all actions violating national borders and handed the resolution to the chairman of the Georgian Parliament adopted  in October this year commemorating the tenth anniversary of Russian aggression against Georgia. Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze thanked for the resolution and stressed that Poles and Georgians combine special interpersonal and historical relationships that are the foundation of mutual cooperation, and deepening cooperation with Poland is a priority for Georgia.

     

    Speakers of the Parliaments  of both countries signed the statute of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Poland and Georgia. During the press conference, the Speaker of the Sejm pointed out that interparliamentary agreements are taken by the Sejm and the Senate in exceptional cases and only with friendly states. He stressed that Polish-Georgian friendship lasted for one hundred years and its foundations are strengthened institutionally.

    During a visit to the Georgian Parliament, Minister Agnieszka Kaczmarska met with the Secretary General of the Georgian Parliament, Givi Mikanadze.

     

    At the headquarters of the National Parliament Library, a building designed by the Polish architect Henryk Hryniewski, in the presence of representatives of the Georgian Polonia, speakers of parliaments  took part in the opening ceremony of the Polish Literature and Art Hall, whose renovation and equipment were made with the support of the Polish Aid funds. Emphasizing the values and goals that united the two nations, such as freedom and independence, Marshal Marek Kuchciński recalled the arrival of President Lech Kaczyński and other European leaders to Tbilisi in 2008 and the support they provided to Georgia in the conflict with Russia.

     

    During the opening ceremony of the Polish Institute  and  the reception given by the Ambassador Mariusz Maszkiewicz and the Director of the Polish Institute in Tbilisi, Lech Kończak, which took place in the Parliament of Georgia, Marek Kuchciński and Irakli Kobakhidze emphasized the friendly relations of both countries. The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, remarked that the opening  of the Polish Institute in Tbilisi is another step that strengthens the lasting friendship between Poland and Georgia. Georgia and Georgians can always count on Poland and the community of Polish-Georgian heritage, history and traditions - said Deputy Minister Szynkowski aka Sęk during the ceremony. He also thanked the Georgian authorities for their kindness towards the initiative to open the Polish Institute in Tbilisi, as well as for fruitful cooperation in the implementation of bilateral cultural projects.

     

    On the second day of the visit, the Marshal of the Sejm together with the Polish delegation laid a wreath at the monument of President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński and paid homage to the heroes who died for the unity of Georgia. Mr. Marek Kuchciński also took part in the unveiling of the Polish Institute's memorial plate  in Tbilisi.

     

    The Polish delegation  visited  the demarcation line with the territory of the Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia), occupied from 2008 by the Russian army. The Speaker of the Sejm emphasized that Poland invariably supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and does not agree to the annexation of Georgian territories  by Russia. We came here to express solidarity with the Georgian state - said the Speaker of the Sejm.

    The Marshal of the Polish Sejm met with His Holiness Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II. In my homeland, the Church has always been pro-state and pro-national, and when our state disappeared from the map, even to some extent the church  replaced it. It was similar in Georgia. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration. Poland has always been, is and will be on the side of independent and sovereign Georgia - Marek Kuchciński said during the meeting.

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