Polish lower house speaker meets Lithuanian counterpart

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Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek in Warsaw on Tuesday met with Chairman of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis to discuss parliamentary cooperation, regional security and the development of cooperation between Central and East European countries.

Historical politics was another subject of talks, the Sejm Chancellery reported.

Witek confirmed during the meeting that the Polish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Polish Sejm and Senate and the Lithuanian Seimas as well as the Polish-Lithuanian parliamentary group had already been formed.

She also expressed her gratitude to Pranckietis for his presence at the Monday observances of the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberation, adding that "it is very important the more so as there are people who are trying to re-write history."

Viktoras Pranckietis extended an official invitation to Witek to attend the Day of Restoration of Lithuania's Independence observed on March 11. He said that both the Lithuanian and Polish people see history in the same way and are linked by the same values and common historical past.

Regional security and energy were another topic of talks. Witek said that Poland had been working to diversify energy sources and pointed to the political nature of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Pranckietis agreed with her, adding that Lithuania fully shared Poland's position on this issue. He also said that a common voice of the region was very important.

According to the two politicians, joint initiatives of Central and East European countries are extremely significant since projects like the Visegrad Group of the Three Seas make their voice better heard.