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  • 25 August 2016

    “Our talks today about the events that unfolded in Ankara in July supplemented the main agenda which focused on the challenges to international policy, many of which unfortunately exist both around Turkey, and around Romania, and Poland. Our views and our positions on many of the points discussed are almost identical,” said Minister Witold Waszczykowski, who is paying a visit to Turkey’s capital.

     

    On 25 August, MFA chief Witold Waszczykowski met with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Foreign Minister of Romania Lazăr Comănescu in Ankara. During their talks, the foreign ministers evaluated decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the security situation in the Alliance’s south-eastern neighbourhood, Turkey-EU relations and the migration crisis. “We continue to say that fighting terrorism and the so-called Islamic State should be our focus. Our respective states are involved in this fight, each in its own way and to a different degree. We also say that problems existing in this region affect many European countries in a direct way, hence the great wave of refugees and migrants. These problems should be addressed, and we have jointly done so. The EU-Turkey agreement is one way of addressing them. We, in Warsaw, say that this agreement as well as others should be implemented. This is what we have committed ourselves to doing and this is the main remedy for stopping the wave of refugees and migrants from crossing into Europe,” said the Polish MFA chief.

     

    The talks also focused on the Ukraine-Russia conflict. “We believe that the road leading to a peaceful resolution of the crisis in eastern Ukraine is through the implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” stressed Minister Waszczykowski.

     

    “We discussed the security situation in the Black Sea region, but also in Central Europe.  In order to ensure security throughout NATO’s eastern flank, decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw need to be promptly implemented,” the minister said at a press conference. “I hope that we will be able to continue our dialogue and consultations in this format in a few months from now in Bucharest,” he added.

     

     

    In Ankara, the chiefs of Polish and Romanian diplomacy also met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Minister Waszczykowski emphasised the weight that Poland attaches to its cooperation with Ankara and the key importance of Turkey for NATO. The interlocutors expressed similar views on the subject of the security threats facing our continent. Poland’s top diplomat thanked Ankara for its engagement in efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Minister Waszczykowski noted that Poland, as Ankara’s Ally in NATO, is engaged in efforts to strengthen the Alliance’s southern flank.

     

    On Thursday, Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Minister Lazăr Comănescu laid flowers at the site of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey that was destroyed in July.

     

     

    The previous meeting of the ministers in the tripartite format was held in Warsaw on 9 June. The meeting today in Ankara was the first encounter with the Turkish side at this level since the failed coup d’état attempt in mid-July.

     

    MFA Press Office

     

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    phot. M.Jasiulewicz/MFA
    phot. M.Jasiulewicz/MFA
    phot. M.Jasiulewicz/MFA
    phot. M.Jasiulewicz/MFA
    phot. M.Jasiulewicz/MFA
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    phot. Official Photographer of the President of Turkey
    phot. Official Photographer of the President of Turkey

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