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  • 14 November 2017

    “We have always sought to make Poland an important political player on the European and international stage,” said Minister Witold Waszczykowski addressing the 15th Foreign Policy Forum organized by the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

    The Polish foreign minister focused his speech on the global challenges facing Polish foreign policy in the context of its UN Security Council membership, and specifically on Poland’s cooperation with its allies and the international mechanisms that act as guarantors of effective security policy.


    “It is difficult to speak about security in the immediate neighbourhood outside the context of regional and global affairs,” noted Minister Waszczykowski. He explained that Poland is responding to the current developments in our region by engaging in multi-directional measures, which rely on different forms of cooperation in the framework of international policy. The foreign minister referred to Poland’s cooperation with its allies in NATO and with other EU Member States, as well as with other European and non-European countries.


    The foreign policy chief stressed that NATO’s decisions taken at the Warsaw summit in July 2016 have led to a radical improvement of our regional security. He also repeated that the declaration on NATO-EU cooperation adopted at the NATO Warsaw summit was one of its major achievements. “We are interested in and hopeful about this process,” said Minister Waszczykowski. He also opined that the EU is not and will not be an alternative to NATO as a guarantor of Central Europe’s security. “We would like the European Defence Initiative to be based on a harmonious cooperation with NATO, to be open to all the interested parties and to address threats coming from all directions,” he added.


    Addressing measures to ensure Poland’s security which are implemented through the OSCE, Poland’s top diplomat said that, in his opinion, this organisation does not function well as a political format and as Europe’s arms control regime. Nonetheless, the minister underscored that we need this platform for dialogue now more than ever. “The OSCE must be maintained, first and foremost, as a model of coexistence for our states in Europe, one that ensures respect for their sovereignty and their territorial integrity,” he said.


    Minister Waszczykowski also spoke about Poland’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and its priorities. “Our work on the Council will logically complement measures that we have taken thus far mainly in Europe,” he said. The minister believes that Poland can bring significant added value, specifically by deploying the diplomatic resources it possesses to resolving and preventing conflicts. “We want to focus more on the initiatives promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue as a means for reducing tension in international relations,” said the MFA head. Waszczykowski said he believed that the UN should do more to address new threats to peace and security, including hybrid threats and cybersecurity.


    The Foreign Policy Forum is a cyclical event organised by the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). Annual debates on Polish foreign policy bring together representatives of the government, Parliament, the diplomatic corps, experts and the media. This year’s debate focused on issues relating to reinforcing Poland’s position in the context of changes affecting the world today.


    Remarks by Minister Witold Waszczykowski at the PISM Foreign Policy Forum


    MFA Press Office

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