RP, Poland Signed Accords; GMA, Belka Vow to Expand Bilateral Relations

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RP, Poland Signed Accords; GMA, Belka Vow to Expand Bilateral Relations


Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING

Albay railway extension project finalized

The Philippines and Poland yesterday inked accords to expand bilateral relations, including a railway extension project in Albay province, and agreed to cooperate in the areas of mining and law enforcement.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka witnessed the signing of the agreements after they held bilateral talks in Malacanang. Belka is on a historic two-day visit to Manila, the first by a Polish leader since the two countries established diplomatic relations in the early 1970s.

The first memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries was the institutionalization of political consultations to identify ways to improve closer cooperation and exchange views on regional and international issues.

The consultations would be held every two years by senior foreign affairs officials from the two countries to review bilateral relations.

The foreign ministries of the two nations also signed an agreement pledging to hold political consultations every two years to identify ways to improve bilateral relations.

The signatories were Boguslaw Zaleski, undersecretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and Edsel Custodio, undersecretary of Foreign Affairs.

The other agreement was a feasibility study by Polands Bumar Group Co. Ltd. to upgrade a railway system to the Port of Pantao in Albay and its extension to Matnog.

The expansion project, known as Sorsogon Railway Extension project, seeks to enhance the socioeconomic development of the Bicol region and benefit inter-regional commuters and traders.

The agreement was signed by Roman Baczynski, president of Bumar Group, and Jose Ma. Sarasola II, general manager of the Philippine National Railways.

In a state dinner for the Polish leader in Malacanang, the President cited the growing bilateral ties between Manila and Warsaw bound by the love of the late Pope John Paul II. …

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