• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 25 August 2017

    Preparations for NATO Summit next year and reform of the Alliance’s command structure were the main topics discussed during Friday’s meeting between NATO Secretary General and foreign ministers of Poland, Romania and Turkey in Warsaw, during another round of Polish-Romanian-Turkish trilateral security consultations.

    “The three of us are leading countries that can serve as an example of cooperation in NATO, because we are fulfilling  our NATO obligations in an exemplary way,” said Poland’s top diplomat Witold Waszczykowski after a joint meeting of the foreign ministers with Jens Stoltenberg, who is visiting Warsaw at the invitation of the Polish foreign minister. “Our three countries are not only consumers of security but also providers of security,” he added.


    NATO Secretary General’s visit provided an opportunity to take stock of the ongoing implementation of decisions taken at last year’s NATO Summit in Warsaw. Jens Stoltenberg also met with President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydło. They discussed NATO’s role in the face of threats from Russia, also in light of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the ZAPAD 2017 military exercises planned in the second half of September, terrorists and the Syrian crisis. They also went over the priorities ahead of the Alliance’s Summit next year.


    Today Jens Stoltenberg will also visit Orzysz, where NATO’s battalion-size battle group is stationed. The forces deployed in Poland, as part of Allied enhanced forward military presence, are composed of US, British and Romanian soldiers. “Jens Stoltenberg is touring the eastern flank because he wants to see how Allied decisions that were taken last year in Warsaw are being implemented. How NATO combat forces are deployed in the territories of the four eastern flank countries,” said Poland’s foreign minister. “We have also discussed the situation that could be caused by the military exercises planned to take place in a dozen or so days in Belarus,” he added.


    The foreign ministers of Poland, Romania, and Turkey – Witold Waszczykowski, Teodor-Viorel Meleșcanu and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu – also held their own consultations. “This is yet another meeting of our eastern flank triangle and I hope that we will be continuing our cooperation, most likely in Bucharest,” noted Minister Witold Waszczykowski. The issues discussed included European security, transatlantic relations and cooperation between defence industries. After the meeting, the ministers issued a joint statement. The previous tripartite meeting in this format took place in Ankara in August 2016.


    In addition, Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu took part in a signing ceremony of a protocol on Polish-Turkish cooperation in the restoration of Marcello Bacciarelli’s painting Treaty of Khotyn 1621 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In his address, Poland’s foreign minister underlined the centuries-old tradition of Polish-Turkish relations and said he was confident that the two countries will continue to develop their good relations. He also thanked the Turkish partners for their readiness to provide support, including financial backing, for the cultural heritage that the two nations share.


    MFA Press Office

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