2021.05.03 10:43

Vilnius cannot exist without strong Polish community: ‘disputes arise in every home’ – PM

BNS2021.05.03 10:43

Vilnius and Lithuania cannot be imagined without a strong Polish community and its vibrant cultural life, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said on Sunday.

"Disputes happen to arise in every home, but I am here today to once again invite you to speak openly on all topics,” Šimonytė said at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius during the visit of her Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki.

“I have no doubt that by cooperating in good faith and trusting each other, we will be able to achieve the necessary changes," she added.

According to Šimonytė, Lithuania and Poland will continue to foster good relations between the two countries and to strengthen the strategic partnership, which is primarily of interest to the Poles living in Lithuania and Lithuanians living in Poland.

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"A strong voice and close coordination between Lithuania and Poland are also needed for the development of democracy and freedom in the European neighbourhood,” said Šimonytė.

“I hope that the people of Belarus, as well as the Polish and Lithuanian communities in the neighbouring country, will also see the day soon when they will be able to create their own future," she added.

Last year, Lithuanians living in Poland’s Suwałki also laid the foundations for the construction of a cultural centre. The attention and support of the Polish authorities for this project is greatly appreciated, the Lithuanian prime minister said.

Lithuanian-Polish unity key to regional security – President Nausėda

Lithuania and Poland's unity and solidarity are very important to ensure security in the region amid Russia's aggressive actions, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said during his meeting with the Polish president in Warsaw on Sunday.

The two presidents also discussed political, economic and cultural cooperation, the Lithuanian presidential office said.

On Sunday, the Lithuanian president First Lady Diana Nausediene started their visit to Warsaw where they will participate in the celebrations marking the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution on Monday.

Read more: Lithuania, Poland mark May 3 Constitution anniversary

Nausėda also emphasised that bilateral relations between the two nations were based on strategic partnership, underscoring their enhanced collaboration in security and defence.

The two presidents expressed their support to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the International Crimea Platform. They also voiced solidarity with the Belarus civil society fighting for democratic change.

The two leaders agreed to develop an ambitious EU Eastern Partnership policy and to continue supporting reforms in the neighbouring states, the statement said.

Special focus was placed on strategic infrastructure projects in Lithuania and Poland and their significance for bilateral relations. The presidents agreed to ensure smooth implementation of the Via Baltica and Rail Baltica projects as well as to speed up the synchronisation of electricity networks with continental Europe.

The events held to celebrate the 3 May Constitution will be also attended by the Presidents of Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine.

Signed on May 3, 1791, the Constitution of 3 May is considered by the two countries to be the first written constitution in Europe.

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