India Poland To Boost Defence Ties

India
and Poland will hold discussions to strengthen bilateral ties
especially in the fields of defence and will sign an agreement for
cultural exchange programme for 2010-2012.

Prime Minister of Republic of Poland Donald Tusk, who arrived in
Bangalore on monday on a three-day state visit to India, will hold
delegation level talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh and
will call on President Pratibha Patil. Tusk is a first non-communist
Polish Prime Minister to visit India on an official trip.

After his meeting with Singh, the two sides are expected to sign some
agreements including one in the field of cultural exchanges. “While
number of agreements are on table, one which will be signed is on
cultural exchanges,” Banashri Bose Harrison, Joint Secretary (Central
Europe) in Ministry of External Affairs told .

“In the past, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had visited Poland in
1955 and 1967 respectively, but no Indian prime minister has goneto
Poland since 1979. In that year Morarji Desai had come on an official
visit at the invitation of the Communist government. It is surprising
that no Indian prime minister has come to Poland since the fall of
Communism in 1989,” said Janusz Krzyzowski, president of the
India-Polish Cultural Committee.

Indo-Polish trade zoomed to $800 million in 2008 from a small sum of
$200 million in 2003. Many important computer companies such as Tata
Consultany Services and Reliance have made Poland their base in Eastern
and Central European operations in the last five years. Indian origin
steel baron Lakshmi Mittal controls 70 percentage of steel mills in
Poland.

On Tuesday morning, Donald Tusk will be given a ceremonial reception at forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

On his visit he will be meeting External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna
,United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi ,leader of the
Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj .

Later, he will be attending a Business Luncheon meet by FICCI/CII/ASSOCHAM .

The Indian delegation for the talks will include Defence Minister A K
Antony, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and the External
Affairs Minister.

Poland is India’s largest trading partner and export destination in the
Central-European region. It has been a member of European Union since
2004 and is one of the important gateways into the European Union and
CIS.

Poland will assume the Presidency of EU in 2011