President, US Vice-President to visit Auschwitz on Friday
President Andrzej Duda and US Vice-President Mike Pence will visit the memorial site of the former Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland on Friday, Duda's office informed on Monday.
Pence and his wife Karen are expected in Poland on Wednesday. First on the visit's itinerary are face-to face talks between Pence and Duda in Warsaw's Belvedere Palace followed by a press conference. Next, both politicians will attend the opening of a Polish-US-hosted Middle East conference in Warsaw.
Pence and Duda will also visit Polish and US troops stationed in Warsaw.
Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP that Pence is also planned to meet Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, with whom he will also officially open the Middle East conference. In Warsaw Pence is also to speak with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
From Warsaw Pence will depart for Munich where he will attend an annual security conference.
Expected in Warsaw on Tuesday is US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, currently on a diplomatic tour of European capitals which will also cover Budapest, Bratislava, Brussels and Reykjavik.
The Auschwitz concentration camp was built by Nazi Germany in 1940 to imprison Poles. Its Auschwitz II-Birkenau section opened two years later and became the main Holocaust site. Nazi Germany killed at least 1.1 million people there, mainly Jews but also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners and people of other nationalities.