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Romania, Polish Foreign Ministers sign the 2016-2020 Action Plan of the Strategic Partnership

Romanian and Polish Foreign Affairs Ministers Lazar Comanescu and Witold Waszczykowski signed on Monday in Bucharest the 2016-2020 Action Plan of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Poland voicing the will of the two countries to deepen the bilateral relationship but also the cooperation inside the European Union and NATO.


Foreign Minister Comanescu: NATO presence in Central, Eastern Europe should be strengthened

The strengthening of the NATO presence in the region is mandatory, a strictly defensive presence, in the context of next year’s summit of the Alliance, in Warsaw, on Monday said the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Lazar Comanescu, at the meeting with his Polish counterpart, Witold Waszczykowski.

Comanescu reminded that the high-level reunion of the leaders of the Central and Eastern Europe’s countries in November in Bucharest was a contribution to preparing the Warsaw summit.

“The joint statement adopted back then speaks indeed, on the one hand, of the need to enforce the decisions regarding the strengthening of the Alliance’s capabilities made in 2014 in the Wales. And, at the same time, I have talked with Mr. Minister and it is also reflected in the statement I was talking about, about the need to consolidate, to guarantee a more robust presence of the Alliance in this region, a presence with a clearly defensive character and which aims at strengthening security in our area and in our neighbourhood,” specified Comanescu, in a press conference, after signing next to his Polish counterpart

‘The 2016-2020 Action Plan of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Poland.’

“We find it that the possibility is to intensify the North-Atlantic Alliance’s presence on our countries’ territories. (…) Discussion has started in Newport and it should further on within a few months at the reunion of the Defence ministers that is scheduled for next February and it should end up in positive outcomes at the Warsaw summit in July 2016. We are open as concerns the possibilities of strengthening, we are flexible, it could be a strengthening through the presence of the allies and we are ready to talk about how it should look such a presence, the idea that this area should be defended and that the NATO should give an identical signal and very clear that all the countries in this region will be defended in the same way,” said Waszczykowski.

The two foreign affairs ministers specified that, during the talks that preceded the signing of the document, the topics aimed at the stage of the bilateral relationships, the situation of the regional security, with reference to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the risks regarding the NATO and EU’s southern flank, as well as the EU’s domestic issues, starting from the reforms forwarded by the British PM, David Cameron.

“I’d like to say that it is to me one of the sentimental visits, because I have had the opportunity to accompany years ago President Kaczynski when he came to Bucharest and signed here the first agreement, the first strategic partnership. I’m proud today that we’ll continue this work that has debuted six years ago and we will go further with it in a more detailed, strategic way,” the Polish foreign minister said.


Witold Waszczykowski: Poland cannot currently afford to receive very large number of immigrants

Poland cannot currently afford to receive a very large number of immigrants, said on Monday visiting Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, in Bucharest.

“It is a very important issue facing Europe and the EU at the moment: how to handle this wave of refugees and immigrants. I would like to emphasize there are refugees and immigrants as well. In Poland, we are trying to differentiate between these two categories. We are dealing, indeed, with a wave of refugees fleeing war zones and we have, on the other hand, a wave of immigrants seeking jobs and social benefits. As to the refugees, we say it clearly that we will respect international law. (…) The condition is that we can verify them, identify them, and another condition is for them to want to come to Poland,” the Polish foreign minister told a press conference at the headquarters of the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE).

According to Witold Waszczykowski, “Poland cannot currently afford to receive a very large number of immigrants in search of better living conditions.”

“We have sent to Europe two million citizens. These left in search of employment, and we still have a million and a half of Poles who are looking for a job. Consequently, we cannot receive an even higher number of people who come to us looking for a job. A third issue that I would like to point out is that around one million people have already come in Poland from Ukraine. So, we show solidarity to those in need. (…) And Poland has shown solidarity to the people who need support,” said the Polish foreign minister, according to Agerpres.


President Iohannis, Poland’s foreign minister discuss Black Sea importance

President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Monday, on which occasion he insisted on the importance that should be given to the Black Sea area, the Presidential Administration said in a release.

“The president of Romania noted with satisfaction the common commitment to boosting the sectorial bilateral cooperation, as confirmed by the signing of a new Action Plan of the Strategic Partnership by the foreign ministers of Romania and Poland”, the document added.

The Romanian leader underscored the Romanian side’s wish to develop the economic cooperation to the level of the existing potential.

“The two high dignitaries voiced interest in developing the inter-connection of the regional infrastructure as a factor likely to contribute to bolstering the bilateral cooperation and to developing the Central and Eastern European region”, the President’s Office stressed.

The talks also focused on the bilateral cooperation after the high level meeting of the Central and Eastern European heads of states held in Bucharest on November 4, looking towards NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016.

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