Current Affairs PDF

Overview of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s visit to Poland and Belgium

AffairsCloud YouTube Channel - Click Here

AffairsCloud APP Click Here

The External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India Dr S Jaishankar made an official visit to  Poland and Belgium.

Visit to Poland (August 28- 29, 2019)
EAM Dr S Jaishankar paid an official visit to Poland from August 28- 29, 2019 on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Mr Jacek Czaputowicz (FM). He was received by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

  • It is the first visit of an Indian EAM to Poland since 1987.
  • The visit took place in the backdrop of the 65th anniversary of establishing bilateral relations between Poland and India.

Launch of direct flight services

  • EAM officially launched a direct flight services between Warsaw, and New Delhi operated by LOT Polish Airlines, scheduled for September 2019.
  • Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Marcin Przydacz had travelled on the inaugural flight from Warsaw to Delhi on September 12, 2019.

Other highlights

  • EAM expressed India’s desire to engage with Poland in the Visegrad format.
  • The Polish side welcomed the invitation to President Andrzej Duda extended by the President of the Republic of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind.
  • FM Prof. Czaputowicz expressed the commitment of Poland to support global efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms.
  • The Polish side appreciated India’s support for the candidature of Poland for non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the years 2018-2019 and expressed support for India’s candidature for non-permanent seat for the years 2021-22.

Bilateral talks

  • EAM met FM Prof. Czaputowicz and held talks with him in the fields of political cooperation, economy, education and culture.
  • He also held talks with the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki and Deputy PM of Poland Piotr Gliński.

Visit to Belgium (August 29- 30, 2019)
On August 29, 2019, EAM Dr S Jaishankar arrived in Belgium after the completion of his three-nation tour to Russia, Hungary and Poland.

Discussion on India-EU Strategic Partnership 
EAM met David Maria Sassoli, President of European Parliament, along with other leaders and discussed on the India-European Union (EU) Strategic Partnership on regional, global and multilateral issues in Brussels.

Bilateral talks

  • EAM met his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders and discussed issues of mutual interests.
  • He met the European Union (EU) Commissioner Christos Stylianides and held talks with him.
  • He also held talks with EU’s Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini.

About Poland:
 Capital: Warsaw
 Currency: Polish złoty

About Belgium:
 Capital: Brussels
 Currency: Euro