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  • Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland pays official visit to Jordan

    From 5 to 8 September 2007, the Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Bogdan Borusewicz, paid an official visit to Jordan at the invitation of the President of the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Zeid Rifai. The previous meeting at this level took place three years ago, in September 2004, when the President of Jordanian Senate was received in Poland.

    H .E. Mr. Bogdan Borusewicz was accompanied by a delegation of  4 senators: Mr. Stanisław Kogut, Deputy Chairman of the National Economy Committee, Member of the Family and Social Policy Committee, Member of the Polish-Jordanian Parliamentary Group; Mr. Tomasz Misiak, Deputy Chairman of the National Economy Committee; Mr. Stanisław Karczewski, Deputy Chairman of the Health Committee, Member of the Local Government and State Administration Committee, Member of the Polish-Jordanian Parliamentary Group; Mrs. Mirosława Nykiel, Member of the National Economy Committee and of the European Union Affairs Committee, as well as by officials of the Chancellery of the Senate

    Du ring the visit, the 4th Polish Jordanian Business Forum "Poland Closer" took place in Jordan. It was organized under the joint patronage of the Polish and  Jordanian Senates' speakers. The Speaker of the Polish Senate was accompanied on his trip to Jordan by Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy H.E. Mr. Andrzej Piotrowski and some other senior officials: from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Polish Tourist Organization, Polish Information and Investment Agency, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and by a group of 30 Polish business people led by Secretary General of the Polish Chamber of  Commerce Mr. Marek Kłoczko, as well as by a team of journalists. The Senate delegation attended the opening ceremony of the forum, where the Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade, H.E. Mr. Salem Khazaaleh and the Polish Vice Minister of Economy, H.E. Mr. Andrzej Piotrowski delivered addresses.

    The de legation was received by King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein,  Prime  Minister Dr. Marouf Bakhit, and held  bilateral talks with their counterparts in the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In the Red Sea port town  of Aqaba, where the second part of the Polish Jordanian Business Forum took place, the delegation was received by the governor Mr. Samir Mobaideen and representatives of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone.

    After having completed their official talks in Amman, the Speaker and the accompanying senators met at the Polish Embassy with some representatives of the Polish community in Jordan. There was an occasion for presenting a gift from the Polish Senate: a collection of  recently  published books, both of Polish contemporary literature and useful textbooks for children. Furthermore, the delegation attended a concert of Polish classical music performed by the Levant String Quartet, an international group of 4 musicians from Poland, Great Britain, Switzerland and Jordan.

    The official visit of the Polish Senate delegation to Jordan was very condensed, due to the coordination of its programme with the Business Forum. The visit was widely covered by the Jordanian media: all the local daily papers published reports and pictures from the welcoming ceremony, the meeting with his Majesty the King, the meeting with the Prime Minister and talks in the Senate. A few days earlier, the local press published an interview with the Polish Ambassador to the Kingdom announcing the coming visit. The high level of media attention reflected the importance of this occasion for political relations between Jordan and Poland, as well as to a larger Jordanian - European audience. Reporting the meeting between His Majesty the King and H.E. Mr. Bogdan Borusewicz, the leading daily newspaper "Al Ra'i" had as the headline of its weekend edition: "The King stressed the importance of European links to bring about peace".

    September 2007


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