President to celebrate 20th anniversary of NATO enlargement in Prague

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday will meet with his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts, Milosz Zeman, Andrej Kiska and Janos Ader, in Prague and attend celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the enlargement of NATO.

Presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski informed PAP that apart from the presidents, the celebrations organised at Prague Castle, will also be attended by NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

Szczerski pointed out that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Poland, as well as the visit of President Duda to the Żagań and Orzysz military ranges were part of the ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of Poland joining NATO.

"During those meetings, the president met with Polish and American soldiers and other allied troops stationed in our country (Poland - PAP) as part of the bilateral military cooperation with the United States and the enhanced presence of the North Atlantic Treaty forces," the presidential aide said.

He highlighted that last Thursday, President Duda also hosted an annual briefing of representatives of the Defence Ministry and the Polish Armed Forces for the first time in the Presidential Palace. On Monday, President Duda also visited the headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin.

Szczerski pointed out that President Duda will also meet with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Radek Vondracek on the sidelines of the Prague celebrations.

According to Szczerski, the ceremonies will be inaugurated by the Czech president on Tuesday before noon. Then, a debate of presidents will take place, after which, the heads of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are to meet with media representatives.

Poland, the Czech Republic Hungary and joined NATO on March 12, 1999. Slovakia, together with other countries of Central and Eastern Europe became a member of the Alliance in 2004. Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary were invited to join the NATO during the Madrid Summit in 1997.