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  • 19 June 2017

    The discussion of EU foreign ministers at today’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting in Luxembourg focused on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, counter-terrorism, EU-NATO cooperation, developments in Iraq, migrations, and the situation in Qatar.


    During the first FAC session, the ministers commended work on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy. They also discussed implementation of the Warsaw Declaration on EU-NATO cooperation, which had been adopted at last year’s NATO summit in Warsaw. The FAC meeting confirmed that EU-NATO collaboration will continue in the spirit of full openness and transparency, in full respect of the decision-making autonomy and procedures of both organisations and in close cooperation with member states which are firmly committed to this cooperation. Minister Witold Waszczykowski endorsed ever deeper cooperation between the two organizations for the sake of ensuring peace and security of the transatlantic community. “By working together in such areas as strategic communications and cybersecurity, both organizations deliver added value and help to enhance security of their member states. Therefore, we should expand our collaboration to include counter-terrorism; we should be exchanging good practices and act together to increase our capabilities to fight terrorist threats,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy.

    The second FAC session focused on the recent terrorist attacks in Western Europe. The ministers supported the adoption of a firm stance on fighting terrorism with a view to protecting the security of EU citizens. The issue of counter-terrorism also appeared in discussions about backing Iraqi efforts, including as part of the operations led by the Global Coalition against Daesh. Minister Waszczykowski emphasized Poland’s involvement in the Global Coalition, saying that Poland plans to step up its activities in the near future.

    Moreover, the ministers talked about the migratory pressure from Libya, and the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and some Arab countries. They expressed their hope that the latter would be resolved by means of dialogue. “Poland has good relations with all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. We encourage all sides to resume dialogue. We also back Kuwait’s mediation attempts,” noted Minister Waszczykowski. 

    The FAC session was preceded by a Friends of Georgia meeting, which was devoted to the situation in Georgia, and brought together Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and EU foreign ministers. In Luxembourg, Minister Waszczykowski also met with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. The two top diplomats discussed prospects for cooperation on the UN Security Council, where both countries will sit as non-permanent members next year. 

    MFA Press Office

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