2007 News Story

King Abdullah holds talks with Polish president

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held talks with Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the presidential palace in Warsaw yesterday. The King arrived in Poland yesterday for a historic state visit, the first-ever by a Saudi king to the country.

At the beginning of the talks, King Abdullah said that his visit would enhance cooperation between the two countries in the political, cultural and economic fields. He also expressed the hope that Poland, as a member of the European Union, would support the voice of truth. In turn, President Kaczynski welcomed the King’s visit as an extraordinary event and noted that Poland has a great interest in expanding ties with Saudi Arabia.

President Kaczynski also presented King Abdullah with Poland’s highest honor, the Order of the White Eagle, while King Abdullah reciprocated by decorating Kaczynski with the King Abdulaziz Medallion.

Then the two leaders discussed regional and international issues as well as ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation.

Also yesterday, King Abdullah and President Kaczynski oversaw the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries. They included agreements on cooperation in combating crime, science and technology, education, health and sports.

Last night, President Kaczynski hosted a dinner in honor of his royal guest. Commenting on the Saudi-Polish talks, President Kaczynski said that the two countries agreed on the importance of promoting peace around the world, including the Middle East.

After the dinner, King Abdullah and President Kaczynski met with a delegation from the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce as well as Polish businessmen who were attending the second Saudi-Polish Business Council.

King Abdullah is scheduled to depart Poland today for Egypt, where he will hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak. The King concludes his five-nation tour with a visit to Jordan on Wednesday for talks about key regional issues, notably Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon.