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  • 7 December 2017

    “We advocated and will continue to advocate [the Alliance’s] open door policy, because every democracy in the transatlantic area can apply for NATO membership,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said after the Brussels meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

    Today’s talks focused on fighting terrorism, the open door policy, cooperation between the Alliance and Georgia, and security in the Black Sea region.

     

    Addressing a North Atlantic Council session on promoting stability and the fight against terror, Minister Waszczykowski emphasized that Poland is in favour of NATO operating according to the 360 degree principle. “Progress in promoting stability in NATO’s immediate neighbourhood to the east and south should be accelerated in terms of both practical collaboration and political dialogue,” observed the chief of Polish diplomacy. He also reaffirmed Poland’s commitment to the Global Coalition against Daesh.

     

    At a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, Minister Waszczykowski pointed out that the Georgia of 2008 and the Georgia of today are two completely different countries. “With its determination to implement democratic reforms, Tbilisi can be held up as an example for the countries of the region,” stressed the MFA chief. He went on to say that next year will mark 10 years since NATO’s Budapest declaration establishing the NATO-Georgia Commission, which offers a good opportunity to emphasize the role of NATO-Georgia partnership at the July 2018 summit.

     

    The Polish foreign policy chief also highlighted the importance of NATO’s open door policy, which contributes to European security. “I joined this appeal to make sure next year’s Brussels summit offers membership prospects to those countries that fulfil the criteria,” said Minister Waszczykowski. He added that by bringing those countries closer to the Alliance and ultimately inviting them to join in, NATO expands the area of peace and stability. “Having benefitted from this policy ourselves, we know it from our own experience,” said the foreign minister, adding that the importance of NATO’s open door policy cannot be ignored.

     

    On the sidelines of the NATO meeting, Minister Waszczykowski met with US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Wess Mitchell and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The officials discussed bilateral relations and items on the NATO agenda. Poland’s top diplomat also spoke to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. The meeting was devoted to collaboration in energy security and defence industry.

     

    MFA Press Office

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