Friday, April 1, 2022

President of Poland in Vatican, the conversation with Pope Francis lasted 30 minutes

 President Andrzej Duda talked to Pope Francis during the audience in the Vatican on Friday for about 30 minutes. This meeting was followed by an audience for the presidential couple.

President Duda then went to talk to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda will lay flowers at the tomb of Saint John Paul II in the Vatican Basilica before the 17th anniversary of the Pope's death on Saturday.

The President's talks in the Vatican focus primarily on the situation related to the war in Ukraine and Polish involvement in aid.

"The President will present to the Pope the multifaceted involvement of Poland, Poles, the government, and non-governmental organizations in helping Ukrainians, and will also talk about the challenges facing us in connection with this crisis" - informed Grażyna Ignaczak-Bandych, the head of the KPRP.

The Head of State will also meet the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo.

IFAD provides funding for projects that stimulate economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve the livelihoods of poor people in rural areas. The fund facilitates access to technology, advisory and financial services. Poland joined IFAD in January 2020.