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  • 5 November 2018

    “I am very glad to be in Senegal today, and to be officially inaugurating our Embassy to this country,” the chief of Polish diplomacy said during today’s event in Dakar.

    “Dakar is our window on Africa,” underscored Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. He stressed that as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, we must follow developments around the world, including in Africa. He added that Senegal can be held up as an example of peaceful coexistence between members of different communities and religions.


    According to Poland’s top diplomat, the relaunch of the Polish Embassy in Dakar in 2016, after an eight-year hiatus, is proof of Poland’s important cooperation with Senegal and other West African countries. He observed that the resumption of Poland’s diplomatic presence across Africa has a wider scope. In this context, he recalled the opening of the Polish Embassy to the United Republic of Tanzania in 2017. Moreover, the minister thanked members of the local Polish community for cultivating their ties with the homeland, and for promoting Polish culture on African soil. “You are the ambassadors of Polishness, you offer a testimony, you take the values we cherish to African soil,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.



    On Sunday, the Polish foreign minister also visited an orphanage run by Polish nuns in Dakar. The facility is supported by the Polish development cooperation programme. Minister Czaputowicz took this opportunity to underline that Senegal is among the priority countries under the 2016-2020 Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme.


    Today, the Polish foreign policy chief also travelled to the island of Gorée, which used to be Africa’s biggest centre of the slave trade from the 16th until the 19th centuries. Minister Czaputowicz met with the island’s local authorities. In his address, he emphasized that the visit acted as a spur to even more action in defence of human rights, which continue to be violated in many global regions despite the progress of civilization. “Poland is proud to have no colonial past, and to have played no part in the slave trade. For dozens of years, Poland learnt the hard way what it means to be under foreign domination, and how precious a legacy of freedom is,” said the Polish foreign minister. He noted that as a country that came to symbolize the aspiration for freedom and solidarity to the world, Poland increasingly supports social development, especially in Eastern Europe and Africa, through ever more development aid and scholarships.



    On Monday, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will be one of the speakers during the Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. He will also meet with his Senegalese counterpart Sidiki Kaba.



    MFA Press Office

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