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  • 16 February 2017

    Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski will take part in the 53rd Munich Security Conference on Friday and Saturday, where he will take part in a panel discussion on the future of Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanna Wajda told PAP.

    Wajda said that the participants of the debate scheduled to start at 15.00 will include the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.


    Afterwards, the head of Polish diplomacy will attend a session about the condition of the Western world, during which President Andrzej Duda will be among those speaking. He will also attend a discussion on transatlantic relations on Saturday.







    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman added that the remarks given by Minister Waszczykowski and President Duda would both take place on the first day of the conference. 


    "With the exception of the United States, Poland is the only country whose representatives will speak in the two consecutive panels on the first day of the conference," she said.


    According to Wajda "it points to the fact that – as emphasized repeatedly by Minister Waszczykowski – Poland is a country that is a provider of security and not just its consumer".


    The Foreign Minister will also hold a series of bilateral meetings in Munich.


    The MFA spokeswoman stressed that this year’s Security Conference will be particularly important, in part due to the changes – some already made, other upcoming – of state leadership in the Euro-Atlantic region and the "unpredictable security situation in the world and the challenges facing Europe."


    The main topics of the discussions held in Munich will include: the future of transatlantic relations, the state of European cooperation in the field of security and defence, relations with Russia, the war in Syria, security in the Asia-Pacific region and the threat of information warfare.


    Organized since the early 1960s, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) is considered to be one of the largest and most important international meetings on defence and security.


    On Saturday morning during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC), U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is due to present a "comprehensive statement" on U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary of Defence James Mattis will also come to the Bavarian capital.


    Among those attending the international conference will be NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to the organizer of the meeting, more than 30 heads of state and government and over 80 ministers of foreign affairs and national defence will attend the meeting.


    The new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will also hold a speech.


    Source: PAP

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