His Excellency Mr Lorenzo Ravano, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco, presented his credentials to HE Mr Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, during a ceremony held at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw.

During the private audience that followed the ceremony, the Polish President spoke of the worrying situation in Ukraine and recalled the difficult relations of his country and Russia.

Mr Ravano responded by referring to the condemnation by the Sovereign Prince of the military aggression against Ukraine, as well as His call for a ceasefire and respect for international law and the territorial integrity of States. The Ambassador has also mentioned the systematic application by the Principality of international sanctions, and, at the humanitarian level, spoke of the help given by Monaco Red Cross and civil society, both by sending relief supplies and by welcoming many Ukrainians since the beginning of the conflict.

In addition, he reaffirmed the importance that HSH the Sovereign Prince attaches to multilateralism as well as as to the role of Monaco in promoting respect for fundamental rights and freedoms within international organisations. Mr Ravano commended the way in which the Poland held the presidency in 2022 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in an unprecedented context.

Other bilateral subjects were also discussed, including strengthening economic relations in areas such as FinTech, artificial intelligence and sustainable yachting, as well as the need to cooperate in order to make energy transition sustainable, made even more essential by the current geopolitical context.

President Duda praised the personal commitment of HSH the Sovereign Prince and the actions of His Government in the preservation of the environment and the fight against climate change.

The Ambassador later laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Piłsudski Square, during a solemn ceremony in the presence of the Warsaw Garrison.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service (Mr Ravano is on the left)