Polish president starts two-day visit to Lithuania

Polish president starts two-day visit to Lithuania Piotr Nowak/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, arrived in Vilnius on Thursday to attend the burial of the remains of insurgents who took part in the Polish 1863 January Uprising against Russia.

The ceremonies, which will take place in Vilnius on Friday, will also be attended by Duda's Lithuanian counterpart, Gitanas Nauseda, Polish and Lithuanian PMs Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis, the deputy prime ministers of Ukraine and Belarus, the Latvian culture minister and deputy speakers of both houses of the Polish parliament, PAP was told by the Polish president's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski.

On Thursday afternoon, President Duda will meet with his Lithuanian counterpart and co-chair with him plenary talks of the two delegations. The two presidents are also scheduled to meet with reporters.

Later in the day, the Lithuanian presidential couple will hold a ceremonial dinner for Duda and his wife.

In 1863-1864, Russian troops executed 21 leaders and participants of a revolt against the Russian Empire, which had partitioned Poland together with Prussia and Austria Hungary at the end of the 18th century. The victims' bodies were buried in secret. In 2017, during archaeological work, the burial sites of four insurgents were discovered.