President visits Estonia for Three Seas summit

Polish President Andrzej Duda started a visit to Estonia on Monday where he will take part in a summit of the Three Seas Initiative as well as meeting Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Juri Ratas.

During his visit, Duda will also meet Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.

Duda was greeted in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, by President Kaljulaid, who will lead a Monday meeting of the leaders of the 12 member states of the Three Seas Initiative, which groups the countries lying between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic Seas.

In an earlier Twitter post, Duda wrote that he was grateful to Kaljulaid for organising the summit at such a difficult time.

"Thanks to the Three Seas Initiative, we can jointly work out a plan to strengthen the economies of our region, which is key in these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic," Duda wrote.

Due to the pandemic situation, the meeting of representatives of the Three Seas countries (Poland, Lithuanian, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia) is being held in part remotely. Apart from the Polish president, only the Bulgarian president has travelled to Tallinn. The three presidents and officials of the remaining countries will hold talks online.

The head of the President's Office, Krzysztof Szczerski, told PAP that representatives of strategic partners would also take part in the video conference, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and high-ranking US officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The vice-president of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, will also take part.

Szczerski also said that on the sidelines of the 5th Three Seas summit, Poland's state commissioner for strategic infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, will hold talks with US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette concerning partnership over Poland's atomic energy programme.