Laguna Negro Francisco, Región de Atacama, Chile
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Bilateral Relations

Since the reestablishment of diplomatic links, on March 11, 1990, these have experimented an interesting process of consolidation. Proof of this, are the numerous visits exchanged and the agreements subscribed: (Agreement on Protection and Promotion of Investments, Exemption of Double Taxation, Protocol on Political Consultations, Cooperation in Commercial Promotion, among others).

Among noteworthy visits, are the ones paid by former President Lech Walesa to Chile, in 1995; Prime Minister Buzek, in March 2000, on the occasion of the Inauguration ceremony in Chile; Prime Minister Tusk in May 2008; Minister of Foreign Affairs to Warsaw in June 2000, on occasion of the Ministerial Conference  of the Community of Democracies; President Aleksander Kwasniewski to Chile, in April 2002; Ministry of Defense, Dr. Michelle Bachelet (current President of Chile), in April 2004; former President Ricardo Lagos to Warsaw, in October 2002 and of Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz to Chile in August 2003. Likewise, between January 26 and 29, 2006, the President of the Senate, Mr. Sergio Romero visited Poland and in October of the same year the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Antonio Leal.

From the visits in 2008, noteworthy was the one paid by PM Tusk on May 19, which allowed him to meet H.E. the President of the Republic, attend mass at Santiago’s Cathedral, visit Villa Grimaldi, among others. Likewise, a meeting was held by the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alberto van Klaveren and his Polish counterpart.

Moreover, in July 2008, the Vice-President of the Senate, Senator Baldo Prokurica and Senator Jaime Naranjo, visited their counterparts of the Polish Parliament.

The exchange of high-level visits allowed to strengthen the bilateral relation, characterized by similar processes of transition to democracy and the agreement in values and ideas shared by both countries. This reaffirmed the role as conveners that both countries played at the Conference “Towards a Community of Democracies”, celebrated in Warsaw in 2000. The commitment set forth was reiterated on occasion of the Conferences in Seoul in 2002, in Santiago in 2005, and in Bamako, Mali, in 2007.