Tonga and Poland sign diplomatic ties

    The kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Poland have signed an agreement of diplomatic relation in New York.

    Mr. Mahe’uli’uli Sandhurst Tupouniua represented the Kingdom of Tonga while the government of the Republic of Poland was represented by Ambassador Bogusław Winid in signing the agreement.

    “In the last two years, Poland established diplomatic relations with Nauru, Kiribati, Micronesia and Tuvalu.

    “These Pacific island states are particularly exposed to negative effects of climate change.

    “Poland looks forward to ever closer cooperation with the Kingdom of Tonga, also within the UN, among other things on the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” a statement by the Polish foreign ministry said.

    In 1939, after the German invasion of Poland, the Kingdom of Tonga was among the first to declare war against Germany. Subsequently, in a public fundraiser the society of Tonga funded two Spitfire fighter aircraft. The kingdom was ruled at that time by queen Sālote Tupou III. (rg)

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