By Ahmed Elumami
Tripoli, 16 May 2013:
Poland’s new ambassador Piotr Ciecwierz has presented his credentials to GNC president Mohamed Magarief.
Ciecwierz , a . . .[restrict]fluent Arabic speaker who has specialised in North Africa said after his meeting with Magarief: “What is going on in Libya is the same as what happened during the so-called the Spring of Eastern Europe States.” He added that, with a complete change of regime, such as had happened in Libya, the achievement of stability inevitably took time.
One of his first acts as the new ambassador was to invite Congressmen to visit Poland in September. This would be an extension of a “joined-up government” programme that the Polish foreign ministry has been running for countries seeking to achieve stability. Last October 21 bureaucrats and three congressmen attended a five days course in Warsaw, in the creation of which Ciecwierz, then working at the foreign ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs played a leading role.
For his part, Magarief wished the new Polish ambassador every success in strengthening the relationship between the people of the two countries. He also praised on the Poland’s reputation among Libyans in past projects carried out here.
Poland became the first country to send a senior figure to to Libya during the revolution. On 11 May 2011, foreign minister Rados?aw Sikorski visited Benghazi for talks with leaders of the National Transitional Council.