Bucharest, 19 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Romanian Defense Minister Victor Babiuc is due in Poland today for a three-day official visit to discuss bilateral military cooperation between the two countries.
Babiuc is scheduled to hold talks with deputy Prime Minister Leszek Balcerowicz, his counterpart Janusz Onyszkiewicz and also with the chairmen of the Defense Committees of the two Polish Parliamentary chambers.
The talks are expected to focus on European and regional security, Army reform and the bilateral and trilateral cooperation (Poland-Romania-Ukraine) in the defense area.
Poland and Romania are both seeking NATO membership. Poland, along with Hungary and the Czech Republic, was invited in July, this year, to start membership talks with the Alliance and expects to become a full member in 1999, in the first wave of NATO's enlargement.