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  • The meeting of ambassadors with President Andrzej Duda, the issue of German war reparations, and Poland’s current relations with EU Member States were the main topics of Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski’s interview with Bogdan Rymanowski on TVN24’s Jeden na jeden programme.


    “Whenever an ambassadors conference was held in Poland, and these conferences have been organized for years, the ambassadors also would meet with the president, and the president would receive them,” said the MFA head when asked about the ambassadors’ meeting with President Andrzej Duda. “Also, when I worked for the late President Lech Kaczyński some years ago, he too met with the ambassadors. As far as I remember, President Bronisław Komorowski also met with the ambassadors, so there is nothing sensational about it, it has been a normal point on the agenda of ambassadors conferences for many, many years,” he added.

    Commenting on the journalist’s remark that it was President Macron who was the biggest opponent of Polish interests, the head of the Polish MFA replied that "nobody is opposed to Polish interests, Poland has neither friends, nor enemies; it has its interests." "States have neither friends nor enemies, except for those that wage wars against them. All states have their own interests and for each of our interests we choose coalition partners. There are interests that we share, and those that divide us, such as energy and climate security, and so on,” the minister said.

    When asked about the MFA’s position on war reparations from Germany, the chief of Polish diplomacy said: “We must take into account the legal status as a whole, starting from 1945, the Potsdam Conference, until recent years.” “The legal aspect must also be linked to the economic aspect; we must assess the losses suffered by Poland. And, thirdly, if such a decision is taken, perhaps in a few months’ time, if this work yields some results, then the political aspect, the present context must be taken into account as well,” concluded the chief of Poland’s diplomacy.

    Source: TVN 24

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