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Recently Appointed Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs Visited Berlin

October 08th, 2014
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News from Berlin - On 2nd October 2014, Berlin was honored to receive an official visit by the new Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Grzegorz Schetyna. The visit demonstrated the importance of a mutual relationship between both countries, and it was Schetyna’s first visit to Germany since he took office on 22nd September 2014. The close ties between the nations were expressed by Mr. Schetyna whom described Germany as a "strategic partner and historic, political friend".

During the visit, Mr. Schetyna, new chief of Polish diplomacy, met with Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The meeting was more than an hour long and the focus was to discuss bilateral cooperation, the situation in Ukraine and other security questions in Europe.

Schetyna expressed his motivation for the visit with the words: “I am here in Berlin to facilitate the new period of cooperation”. He also expressed his concern for improving the workings of the Weimar Triangle, an alliance between Germany, Poland and France.

The German minister also pointed out, that unification of Germany and Europe could never have taken place without the help and support of Poland. He stated that the relationship between these countries has never been stronger than it is right now.

Both ministers agreed on the need for intergovernmental consultations between Germany and Poland and decided to organize a meeting for the Weimar Triangle in the near future. A further topic that was discussed was how to cut down on CO2 emissions in the European Union.

Schetyna and Steinmeier also explored possible future solutions for the Ukraine crisis. They expressed their motivation to focus on the peaceful Minsk plan and to strengthen the position of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the conflict.

The full program of the event:

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