Polish president's int'l policy advisor resigns

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The Polish president's foreign policy aide, Jakub Kumoch, has said he is leaving his post and that the president has accepted his decision.

"Today, I have resigned at my own request from the post of the secretary of state and the head of the Presidential International Policy Bureau," Kumoch wrote on Twitter on Thursday, adding that he had taken the decision with the consent of the president.

Kumoch wrote that President Andrzej Duda's visit yesterday to Lviv was the last project he had carried out for the president and added that his decision to conclude his year-and-a-half long period of work for the head of state had been approved by Duda several months ago.

President Duda met in Lviv on Wednesday with his Ukrainian and Lithuanian counterparts as part of the trilateral format of neighbourly cooperation known as the Lublin Triangle.

"I have been allowed to say today that the president approved my decision to resign and return to the foreign service during his visit to Malta in October," Kumoch continued.

Kumoch also wrote that Thursday’s meeting of the president with the diplomatic corps would be a good occasion to officially announce his resignation and introduce his replacement.

Later on Thursday, PAP was told by an unofficial government source that Kumoch would be replaced by Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz.

Earlier this information was published by the Gazeta.pl website.

Przydacz, currently deputy foreign minister for security and American and eastern policy, held the post of deputy head of the Presidential Foreign Policy Bureau in the years 2015-2019.

President Duda will meet the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace at 1900 hrs.