Hungarian PM, Viktor Orban, starts visit to Poland

Hungarian PM, Viktor Orban, starts visit to Poland Marcin Obara

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban started an official visit to Poland. He was welcomed by his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki in the Palace on the Isle at Warsaw's Łazienki Park.

After the welcoming ceremony, a meeting of both politicians is scheduled, followed by a working lunch. Later, at 2 p.m., Morawiecki and Orban will meet with the press at the Polish PM's office.

The talks between the prime ministers of Poland and Hungary are to focus on the future EU budget, regional cooperation, migration policy and Polish-Hungarian bilateral relations, the PM's chief aide Michał Dworczyk told PAP.

While in Warsaw, Orban will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the monument to the victims of the Smoleńsk crash.

At 3 p.m., Prime Minister Orban will be received by Polish President Andrzej Duda. The Polish president's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, told PAP that Duda was interested in discussing the upcoming political plans of Prime Minister Orban's government, especially in the context of European policy and regional cooperation within the framework of the Three Seas Initaitive and the Visegrad Group.

In addition to the meetings with Poland's prime minister and president, talks between Hungarian prime minister and the Speaker of the Sejm (lower house) Marek Kuchciński and of the Senate (upper house) Stanisław Karczewski are planned.

The Polish and Hungarian PMs are meeting today for the first time since Orban's Fidesz party won parliamentary elections held in April.

Morawiecki and Orban held their previous meeting in Budapest on April 6, when the Polish PM and head of the ruling Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński took part in the unveiling of the "Memento Smoleńsk" monument devoted to Polish-Hungarian friendship and the April 10, 2010 crash of the Polish presidential plane in Smoleńsk, western Russia.

In an address following Hungary's last parliamentary elections, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban thanked the Polish leaders for their support.

"I would like to thank our Polish friends, Chairman Kaczyński and Prime Minister Morawiecki, that they came here and supported us," Orban said. (PAP)