President asks ministry for situation update after Soleimani assassination

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims hold placards during a protest against an US airstrike in Iraq, STRINGER/PAP/EPA

In connection with the recent events in Iraq, President Andrzej Duda has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for detailed information on the situation, announced the National Security Bureau (BBN) in a press release on Friday.

The BBN statement added that President Duda was also conducting ongoing consultations with Middle East experts.

The release also noted that the president had ordered the National Security Bureau to monitor the situation and to remain in constant contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish representation to NATO, as well as local diplomatic missions.

"The president is expressing hope for a de-escalation of the conflict, as well as for Euro-Atlantic unity to ensure stability in the region," read the communique.

The security bureau also stated there were no signals indicating threats to Poland or its citizens.

President Duda wrote in a Twitter post on Friday afternoon, "I assure you that we are proceeding calmly and with caution in regard to the recent events in Iraq. First and foremost are the security and interests of Poland and our citizens."

Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top security and intelligence commander, was killed early Friday in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. American officials said the attack was authorized by President Donald Trump.