News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
6 October 2014
“It is really symbolic and important that NATO’s new Secretary General pays his first foreign visit to Poland,” underscored Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna on welcoming Jens Stoltenberg. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak also took part in the talks. The discussion centred on the situation in the region, including in the context of the security crises in Ukraine and in Europe’s southern neighbourhood, especially activities of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq. Another topic was the Alliance’s cooperation with Afghanistan after the conclusion of the ISAF operation.
Much attention was also devoted to the next NATO summit which will take place in Warsaw in two years’ time. “We want it to end the two-year work on implementing the arrangements made in Newport,” said Minister Schetyna. It was emphasized that the event will be held in a city that back in 1955 saw the establishment of the Warsaw Pact, NATO’s principal opponent for many decades.
While in Warsaw, Jens Stoltenberg, who assumed his office on 1 October, also met with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. After the talks in Poland’s capital city, he visited the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Lask. At the military airport, he met with Air Force commanders and pilots who take part in the Baltic Air Policing mission over the Baltic States, and see service in Poland as part of the aviation detachment.
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