2004 News Story

Polish President’s State visit to boost commercial ties

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh today President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, who has left after a short State visit to the Kingdom. During their talks, they discussed international developments as well as bilateral relations. President Kwasniewski also met with Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, and a number of Princes and Ministers, including Minister of Agriculture Dr. Fahd Balghunaim.

President Kwasniewski also held talks with Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abdulrahman Al-Jeraisi, who described relations between the two countries as distinguished, and urged a doubling of Saudi projects in Poland in the coming years; and with Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdulrahman bin Hamad Alatiyyah, who said he had briefed the Polish President on the GCC’s economic progress.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the end of his visit, the first ever by a Polish President, President Kwasniewski commented that the current volume of trade between Saudi Arabia and Poland is around U.S. $ 100 million, and noted that an agreement signed last October will soon be in effect. He expressed the hope that Saudi investors will consider oil, gas, chemicals, and the hotel industry in Poland; and confirmed his country’s commitment to the fight against terrorism.