Poland's President To Visit New Britain

Matt Dwyer
September 11, 2019 - 6:08 pm

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda depart after they attended an international ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II on September 1, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Leaders from NATO member states and other countries across Europe are gathering today for the commemoration. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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(WTIC-AM) -- The president of Poland will visit New Britain later this month, while he is in the US for the United Nations General Assembly. 

Andrzej Duda and his wife will appear in Walnut Hill Park September 22. 

Connecticut Honorary Counsel for the Republic of Poland Darek Barcikowski says there will also be a mass at Holy Cross Church. 

"This is a tremendous event for me, to be able to host the Polish first couple, and for the Polish community here in New Britain, but I also think it is a big event for the state of Connecticut to have a head of a foreign state pay an official visit," Barcikowski said.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart says the visit will elevate the city's profile to a world-wide level. 

The Polish leader has faced criticism over his efforts to influence his country's court system, and over a law that made it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust. 

People who want to attend the gathering in Walnut Hill Park can sign up at: PresidentDudaCT.com