2,000 Saudi students studying in Poland,says Polish Ambassador Bury
The strong bilateral relations between Saudi and Poland were established 87 years ago, Polish Ambassador Jan Stanisław Bury said here on Thursday.
The envoy was speaking at the Polish National Constitution Day reception hosted by ambassador and his wife Paula Bury at his residence in the Diplomatic Quarter in the capital on Thursday.
Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal Bin Bandar was the chief guest at the national day celebrations of Poland held in the capital
On arrival at the Polish ambassador’s residence, the governor was received by Ambassador Bury and senior officials of his mission at his residence in Riyadh .
The celebrations started with the singing of the national anthem of Poland and the host country. Following the welcome address made the ambassador, Prince Faisal and Ambassador Bury jointly cut a ceremonial cake to flag off the celebrations amidst government officials, diplomats and members of the Polish community, some of them were wearing their traditional costumes.Former Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alawdeen Askari was also present at the reception.
In his speech, Ambassador Bury recalled that the Polish embassy was opened in Riyadh two decades ago and ever since , the two countries have maintained bilateral relations in trade and education in a fitting manner .
“We have 2,000 students from Saudi Arabia studying in the faculties of engineering and medicine in various universities in Poland ,” the envoy said, hoping for improved relations to be established between the two countries in the future.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on May 3, 1995, followed by the opening of the Polish Embassy in Riyadh in June 1998.
On Oct. 29, 2001, Osama bin Ahmad Al-Sanusi submitted his credentials as the first Saudi ambassador to the then Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.
Relations between Poland and Saudi Arabia are two centuries old. In 1817, Polish nobleman Count Waclaw Rzewuski made his famous exploratory journey into the heartland of what is today Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 1844, Count Jerzy Dzieduszycki visited Hail and bought eight horses from the Al-Rashid family. The journey is documented in his memoirs.
In 1929 Poland recognized King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud as the ruler of Hijaz, Najd and dependencies, becoming the ninth country in the world to begin official relations with the Kingdom.
In 1930 King Abdulaziz received in Jeddah the official Polish delegation headed by Count Edward Raczynski, deputy head of the ME section in the Poland’s Foreign Ministry and Jakub Szynkiewicz, the then grand mufti of Poland.