Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, wished the government and people of Poland a happy Independence Day on Friday. Jaishankar sent wishes to Zbigniew Rau, the foreign minister of Poland, and the Polish people via his Twitter account. He voiced optimism for the future of the two countries’ “historical friendship.”
Dr S Jaishankar tweeted, “Independence Day greetings to FM @RauZbigniew and the Government and people of Poland. Confident that our historical friendship will continue to grow.”
Poland observes National Independence Day on November 11 each year to commemorate the date when the country reclaimed its independence in 1918. It is important to note that Poland helped India with “Operation Ganga” in this context. Notably, the Indian government launched “Operation Ganga” to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine after Russia started its offensive on February 24.
Indian nationals who had been evacuated from Ukraine were brought home on special flights from Poland. General Vijay Kumar Singh, the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation, travelled to Poland earlier in March to organise and supervise the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine.
EAM S Jaishankar spoke with Zbigniew Rau, a Polish colleague, earlier in April. He praised Rau for assisting the evacuation of Indian students during “Operation Ganga” at the meeting. The two presidents discussed their analyses and opinions about the Indo-Pacific region and Ukraine during their meeting. Jaishankar and Zbigniew Rau pledged to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Tweeted EAM Jaishankar: “An engaging discussion with Polish FM @RauZbigniew. thanked him for assisting with #OperationGanga’s evacuation of our pupils. It was clear that we were committed to expanding our collaboration. The resumption of direct flights will improve communication across all disciplines.”
Jaishankar wrote in a different tweet, “shared opinions and assessments of the Indo-Pacific and Ukraine. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty was also signed.”
According to a statement made by the Indian Embassy in Poland, India and Poland have a “long-standing friendly relationship” characterised by high-level political contacts, economic engagement, and enduring cultural ties. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1954, and the Indian Embassy in Warsaw was founded in 1957.