Poland PM to visit 3 world major capitals

Oct. 26, 2007 at 1:58 PM
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WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Donald Tusk, whose Civic Platform won Poland's general elections, said his first trips as prime minister would take him to Brussels, Washington and Moscow.

Following parliamentary elections Sunday, the Polish parliament is to convene early in November and the liberal pro-EU Civic Platform is to form a coalition government, with Tusk expected to be given the mandate of prime minister, Polish Radio said Friday.

Addressing reporters in Gdansk, Tusk said a visit to Brussels is an obvious commitment to meet EU officials.

Tusk said he is interested in good, partnership cooperation with the United States. He said the Americans are the Poles' closest allies and traditional friends, therefore the two countries should have clear and honest stands on such issues as Polish troops’ presence in Iraq and a U.S. missile defense shield in Poland.

Tusk welcomed what he described as optimistic expectations in the Kremlin that relations between Russia and Poland could be improved. He said warmer Polish-Russian ties are one of a new government’s most important foreign policy tasks, the radio report said.

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