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Ailyn Agonia
A HIGH-LEVEL visit to Warsaw by executive officers from a major Qatari corporation is expected to take place soon, according to HE Maciej Kubicki, Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Qatar.
The visit, he added, is among the ventures identified by Polish and Qatari parties following the signing of agreements between the two governments that took place during the visit of the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to the eastern European country last year.
In a recent interview, Kubicki told Qatar Tribune that they are expecting two very important Qatari business delegations to visit Poland this month. Similarly, he said there is a possibility for the newly-appointed Foreign Minister to Poland Prof Jacek Czaputowicz to pay an official visit to Qatar in the coming months. However, he added, the final decision of the trip has not been taken up as yet.
"The agreements signed last year are the expression of political goodwill of both sides. They serve as a tool by creating framework for running concrete projects. At this stage, Polish, as well as Qatari groups, take the necessary measures to identify ventures that could be beneficiary to both of them. As much as I would like to expose some details, I can only say that in recent months we have observed increased executive-level dynamics from certain Qatari investment bodies with reference to the Polish economy," Kubicki said.
In addition, Kubicki said they are expecting a high-profile delegation from Qatar to attend the UN Climate Change Conference to be hosted by Poland this year. He also mentioned of another session of Polish-Qatari political consultations at the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, conducted on a yearly basis, to take place.
"We are working constantly on further agreements and MoUs. Currently, there are five such texts under negotiations. Last year, cooperation between Polish Sejm (Lower Chamber of Parliament) and Qatar's Shura Council was discussed in detail. Therefore, I will spare no effort in arranging a visit to Doha of Polish-Qatari Parliamentary Group in the months to come. The Embassy shall also seek more frequent participation of Polish officials in major conferences and seminars organised by Qatar. Recently, we had a visit of the Commander of Polish Navy Rear Admiral Miroslaw Mordel who attended the DIMDEX," said Kubicki.
Speaking about the status of bilateral ties between Poland and Qatar, the official termed the history of Polish-Qatari relations as a rather"short yet the dynamics is high and satisfactory". He added that the recent visit of Qatar's leader to his country would further boost the political contacts of the two countries.
"Poland immediately recognised Qatar's independence in 1971, but diplomatic relations had not been established only until 1989. Since then our cooperation has attained a strategic level, in particular in the field of energy and trade," he said.
Kubicki also mentioned that the Embassy plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's regained independence by hosting a series of events, including several musical events and an exhibition scheduled in May.
"In May, we shall display an exhibition about the life of Jozef Pilsudski the most prominent figure of Polish way to sovereignty. The entire 2018 shall be marked with a lot of musical events. In mid-April, together with Hungarian Ambassador, we plan a joint classical music concert titled 'Friendship in Music'. On this occasion, we will have a pianist coming from Poland and a cellist from Hungary. We shall also bring one of our jazz bands to Katara European Jazz Festival, which has earned an established place in the calendar of cultural events in Doha. We shall conclude the series of cultural events in November with yet another classical music concert," the Polish official elaborated.
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