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  • 12 July 2017

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Deputy Minister Joanna Wronecka met on Wednesday with Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, who is visiting Poland.


    The MFA head and Msgr. Antoine Camilleri discussed possible ways to enhance cooperation both in bilateral relations and international organisations. Minister Waszczykowski said he hoped to further intensify the political dialogue with the Holy See on human rights protection, including religious freedom, and the fight against poverty. They paid special attention to the Polish priorities in the UN Security Council, and discussed current international policy issues. The talks also covered the situation in Eastern Europe, specifically the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.


    During Polish-Holy See consultations chaired by Deputy Minister Joanna Wronecka, the discussion covered bilateral issues, including enhanced cooperation for peace, reconciliation between nations and human rights protection. The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy underscored that Poland will continue to cooperate with the Holy See in these areas in the UN and in other international organisations. She also reaffirmed Poland’s willingness to further intensify its political dialogue with the Holy See also on the level of deputy ministers of the foreign ministry. The discussion also covered current European and international policy issues. The talks covered the situation in Eastern Europe with special emphasis on the situation in Ukraine. The interlocutors also devoted a lot of attention to issues relating to the Polish spiritual and cultural heritage in the East. Other topics of the talks included the migration and refugee crisis and the need to find appropriate methods and instruments to address it through linking humanitarian and development assistance. Representatives of Poland and the Holy See also raised issues relating to threats arising from local and regional conflicts in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Africa and other places.

    MFA Press Office 

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