In a round of official bilateral talks on Sunday, a day after the end of the works of the NATO Summit which saw the adoption of crucial decisions for the strengthening of the eastern flank and of the security of Romania and Poland, President Andrzej Duda and President Klaus Iohannis conducted an assessment of the summit’s decisions but also of the joint road that the two countries covered before the summit.
“For me personally, this meeting with President Klaus Iohannis is a symbolical closure to this Summit. As you remember, the summit of the nine NATO states located in our part of Europe took place in November last year, in Bucharest. There, we talked about our plans, our vision on developing the North Atlantic Alliance and about our needs, bearing in mind the changing security environment. That summit was co-organised by President Klaus Iohannis and me. It was a summit that was important not just for us but which proved very important also for the decisions that have been adopted in Warsaw yesterday and the day before yesterday, because they are convergent with what we established back then in our declaration in Bucharest. That is why this meeting with the President is a symbolical closure of this road that had jointly led us to the Warsaw Summit and to the decisions that have been adopted through our collaboration or through our meeting too. I would like to thank you for this collaboration, because I felt it is a joint success,” the Polish President stated at a joint press opportunity that followed the bilateral talks in Warsaw.
President Duda thanked his Romanian counterpart for his statement according to which a Romanian infantry company will be sent to Poland as part of the Enhanced Forward Presence, in order to consolidate the Alliance forces that will be deployed on Polish soil. He reiterated Poland’s desire to deepen its military collaboration with Romania.
The Polish President used this opportunity to state that he found with President Klaus Iohannis points of joint action in what concerns defending the interests of Romanians and Poles who are working and living in the United Kingdom, following the context created by Brexit’s impact.
“We have almost one million Poles in the United Kingdom, half a million Romanians in the United Kingdom, that is why they are in a similar situation – they are living and working there and they have the right to have their rights respected, not to be diminished, not to be limited. We are speaking with one voice and I am very happy I can rely on the President’s collaboration, to jointly look out for the interests of our fellow citizens in the United Kingdom,” President Andrzej Duda pointed out.
“Romania is a very close partner and I believe this will bring a lot of advantages for our country, for our fellow citizens,” the Polish Head of State added.
The agenda of the talks included topics related to regional security, the Republic of Moldova and about how the two countries can collaborate in order to consolidate democratic processes in that country.
Iohannis: Today we are certainly moving forward together
“Our meeting today is taking place in a very special context. Basically, today we have drawn the conclusions after the NATO Summit, a very successful Summit with very good conclusions for Poland and for Romania, but in general important for our security on the eastern flank,” President Klaus Iohannis said, underlining that the summit was a great success for NATO but certainly one for Poland too.
Iohannis stated that his and President Duda’s joint desire to develop the bilateral partnership proved very visible for the first time during the meeting they had in Bucharest in November last year, as part of the jointly-organised Bucharest Format. “I believe we did well, because the things we prepared back then had already showed what direction we would like to jointly take in organising the NATO Summit that has just ended. Back then, we included in our Joint Declaration some of the lines we resumed at the NATO Summit that has just ended. I believe the most important conclusion of the Bucharest Format too, but also of the NATO Format now, was that if we jointly move forward, if we collaborate in the security domain, obviously in the economic domain too, then this collaboration in itself represents a very good guarantee for the solidity and stability of the eastern flank. We agreed on this today too and we are certainly jointly moving forward,” the Romanian Head of State pointed out.
“I believe the summit that ended yesterday also comes with great responsibility for us, because the decisions have been adopted but their implementation lies ahead of us, and the fact that we discussed here today, Mr. President, how to proceed to the joint implementation of these conclusions is already an excellent thing and we will certainly find together the best ways of implementing what we jointly decided at this Summit,” Iohannis pointed out.
The Romanian President appreciated the fact that a balanced approach to the eastern flank was decided, being the best piece of good news for the two countries. “For this reason, I believe the forces that have been earmarked for the northern side and the southern side of the eastern flank represent a gain for the whole flank and this balanced approach is in itself a guarantee of stability in this part of the world.”
He announced that he agreed with his Polish counterpart the continuation of the Bucharest Format in the autumn of this year too, through a foreign ministers’ meeting that would prepare the next high-level meeting that Romania and Poland will organise in 2017, seeking to prepare the next Alliance Summit that will take place in 2018. “It’s true that in 2017 too we will have a NATO Summit type of meeting, in order to inaugurate the new NATO headquarters in Brussels,” Iohannis added.
Romanian-Polish-American strategic cooperation
According to the Romanian President, another particularly consistent point on the agenda of the bilateral talks consisted of the consolidation of the transatlantic link. “I believe we can talk very well about Romanian-Polish-American strategic cooperation. It’s clear that an important part of our approaches to the eastern flank are due to this excellent collaboration that Poland too has with the United States of America, that Romania too has with the United States of America, and I believe that trilateral collaboration can only bring a more solid, more consistent approach and better solutions for our countries, for the security of our citizens, for the security of the citizens of Poland, for the security of Romanians and for the good functioning of NATO.”
In their talks, Iohannis and Duda also tackled the Poland-Romania-Turkey trilateral. “We agreed to continue this Format and the foreign ministers that were here with us today at the official talks confirmed that this autumn there will be a meeting of foreign ministers in Bucharest in order to find the best ways to continue this Format, which is important regionally and we want to maintain this collaboration,” Klaus Iohannis stated.
He also added that the deepening of bilateral economic cooperation held an important place on the agenda of the high-level talks. In 2015, bilateral trade grew by 11 percent to EUR 4.5 bln.