President Rodrigo Duterte met a former president of Poland, Lech Walesa who paid a courtesy visit at Malacañang Palace on January 23.
The visit, according to Palace, was arranged by private individuals. Walesa is in the Philippines for a lecture at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).
“President Duterte recognized Walesa’s role as a labor leader in his country and eventually as Poland’s president,” the Palace said. “Duterte also expressed that he wanted to seek more advice from Walesa.”
Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his campaign for freedom of organization in Poland. He served as Poland’s president from 1990 to 1995.
“The Philippines and Poland celebrates 45 years of diplomatic relations. Poland opened its chancery in Manila in 1993 but closed it in 1994,” Palace said. “The European country once again opened its Embassy in the Philippines last January 4 after sending its Charge d’affaires. It will officially announce the Embassy’s opening once a location is selected and an ambassador is designated.”