Poland's new president aims for more ties with Poles abroad

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Posted: Aug 07, 2015 9:17 AM
Poland's new president aims for more ties with Poles abroad

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new president, Andrzej Duda, on Friday announced he was setting up an office to maintain ties with Poles abroad, with the intention of encouraging them to return or to contribute to the nation's development from where they are.

Duda appointed his closest aides on Friday, the day after he took office. Many have experience working for the government and the presidency that Duda's conservative Law and Justice party held years ago. Among them was Adam Kwiatkowski, appointed head of Duda's cabinet, also in charge of maintaining relations with expatriates.

Duda said in his inaugural speech Thursday that the emigration of young people is a major problem and conditions should be created to persuade them to return. Many have high business and political positions and should be encouraged to contribute intellectually and economically to Poland. They should also have Poland's support in cultivating the Polish language and culture abroad, he said. He did not specify the steps he intends to take.