WARSAW, Poland — Polish President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to make his first foreign trip since being sworn in back on August 6 for his second term as the countries Head of State. Beginning on Wednesday September 23, President Duda will visit Italy and the Vatican, which will include “three key components,” according to his chief of staff, Krzysztof Szczerski.
First, the president will pay an official bilateral visit to Italy, where he will meet with that country’s president and prime minister. Second, Duda will stop at a Polish war cemetery at Monte Cassino to pay tribute to World War II military leader Władysław Anders on the 50th anniversary of the general’s death.
Duda will also unveil a bust of Anders at the Polish embassy in Rome.
“The third important component of the three-day visit will be a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican as well as a Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II.”
While in Rome, Duda will also attend a ceremony during which Poland will officially join the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
He added that Poland’s decision to become a member of this UN agency was “a gesture of solidarity and a desire to help all starving people around the world.”
During his three-day trip, the Polish president is also expected to stop by an Italian coronavirus research center.