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German FM in Poland for talks, WWII revolt anniversary

Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 10:50:19-04

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister is in Poland for talks and to attend observances marking 75 years since the Warsaw Rising against German Nazi troops that occupied Poland during World War II.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas began the two-day visit Wednesday with a brief meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and then met with Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz for talks on bilateral cooperation.

On Thursday, Maas will join wreath laying ceremonies at memorials to the fighters of Warsaw’s 1944 revolt against the occupying Germans, which left some 200,000 fighters and civilians dead and the city razed to the ground. He will also visit a museum that tells the story of the 63-day struggle that ended with the insurgents’ surrender.

Maas is the highest German official in years to attend the observances.