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  • 27 July 2018

    “Poland will continue to fight against terrorism and extremism, which threaten the security of religious communities around the world,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom organised at the initiative of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C.


    Addressing the conference participants, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz mentioned Poland’s initiatives aimed at defending religious minorities and its financial contribution to aid that fight. Poland’s top diplomat said that the Polish government attaches great importance to religious freedom and to protecting Christians against persecution in particular.


    “Promoting and protecting religious freedom are one of the priorities of Polish foreign policy. We want to be among the leaders that defend religious freedom and we want to cooperate with the United States and other countries in this area,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. “Poland is systematically increasing the volume of humanitarian aid for civilian populations affected by the ongoing armed conflict in Syria and Iraq. In the last two years alone, Poland has increased its aid six times,” said the minister.


    The Ministerial was attended by foreign ministers and senior officials in charge of interreligious dialogue, as well as religious leaders and members of NGOs and international organisations. US Vice-President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the conference participants on behalf of the hosts. The discussion focused on challenges to religious freedom and the instruments needed to prevent persecution and discrimination of religious groups around the world. 



    During his visit to Washington, D.C., Minister Czaputowicz met with John Bolton, National Security Advisor to US President. They talked about Polish-US security cooperation, including the possibility of US troops being permanently stationed in Poland, threats brought on by the Nord Stream 2 project and preparations ahead of President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Washington, D.C.  


    “It was a very good meeting. We were assured that we are an important US ally. I have laid out our expectations in the context of talks about increased presence of US troops in Poland. We will continue these talks,” Minister Czaputowicz told Polish correspondents based in Washington, D.C. “Ambassador Bolton also assured me that the United States is strongly against the Nord Stream 2 project,” said Poland’s top diplomat.



    Minister Czaputowicz also met with US Congressman Adam Smith and US Senator Ron Johnson yesterday. They talked about issues involving security and Polish-US relations, including economic cooperation and contacts with the Polish-American community.


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