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Trade on Prez Polish agenda

world Updated: Apr 25, 2009 02:18 IST
Aloke Tikku

“What I have seen here has deeply moved me,” was what President Pratibha Devisingh Patil wrote in the visitors’ book at the Warsaw Uprising Museum, her first stop after landing in Poland.

The museum — that charts the full course of the uprising starting from the German invasion in 1939, life in occupied Warsaw and later — is a “magnificent tribute to their bravery and heroism,” she said after hearing stories of torture and death inflicted upon the Poles by Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union.

She will again walk down the memory lane over the weekend when she visits the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, where 1.1 million people died, 90 per cent of them in its gas chambers.

Patil later met Polish President Lech Kaczynski. Both the leaders agreed that the trade ties were far below their potential. Like Spain, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Nalin Surie said, Poland also believed that the global economic crisis offered a good opportunity to both countries and vowed to boost bilateral trade that totaled US $ 1.3 billion last year.

“There is a chance for significant expansion in trade exchange and we fully support it,” Kaczynski told reporters at a joint press conference in Warsaw.