German Foreign Minister Steinmeier set to visit Poland on Monday

Other News Materials 3 April 2008 19:27 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier is due to visit Poland Sunday for the first time since the country's change of government last autumn to meet Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, the foreign office in Warsaw announced Thursday.

Sikorski visited Berlin in December.

According to the foreign office, the two-day visit is due to start with a private meeting at the Foreign Minister's private country residence, a traditional manor house in central Poland, which has been renovated by Sikorski's family.

After policy talks Monday in Bydgoszcz in northern Poland both ministers are due to participate in a discussion about foreign affairs at the University of Warsaw, where Tusk is set to welcome Steinmeier.

During the last two years under the nationalist-conservative government of Jaroslaw Kaczynki, there has been a great deal of discord between Warsaw and Berlin with rows over the historical relationship between the two countries and the Baltic Sea pipeline.

After the election of Tusk's centre-right coalition the relationship between the neighbouring states has improved.