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  • 5 July 2017

    “President Trump’s visit to Poland this week is a timely reminder of the tight transatlantic bond tying our country, and our region, to the United States. It sends a strong message that we share not only the same norms and values but also a special interest in transatlantic security and stability,” Poland’s top diplomat writes in Rzeczpospolita.

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski draws attention to the strategic nature of Polish-US relations, while also noting the untapped potential for cooperation, specifically in the field of energy, innovation, trade and investments. “In a situation in which we consciously describe Polish-American political and security cooperation as having strategic importance, we want this adjective to carry more weight also with regard to the economic relations between Warsaw and Washington,” writes Minister Waszczykowski. The Polish MFA chief also states that “Both the Polish and American sides share converging views on the region's energy security architecture. On June 8th, Swinoujscie received the first LNG ship from the US As a result, Poland became the first recipient (among Central Eastern European countries) of American gas. Our country has all the conditions to become a hub – and therefore a pivotal centre – for the transportation of American raw materials to the Central Eastern European gas market.”

     

    Referring to interpersonal issues, Minister Waszczykowski stressed that “the sine qua non condition for further development of economic cooperation is, on the one hand, the appropriate political climate. But on the other hand it also requires the strengthening of interpersonal bonds and the creation of a favourable environment for investment and business activity of companies from Poland and the US. We are counting on the current US administration to show its determination to include Poland in the US visa waiver program.”

     

    “We see unity and solidarity as the foundation of the Euro-Atlantic Treaty. The visit of the US President to Warsaw is of fundamental importance to the cohesion of the transatlantic area, especially at this particular time when we face not only conventional conflicts, but also hybrid conflicts, cyber-attacks, terrorist acts and are dealing with mass migration,” writes the Polish MFA chief. “One possible answer to the challenges facing the European Union today and the whole transatlantic area is the idea of strengthening regional co-operation, which, where possible and justified, can be realized in co-operation with the United States. This co-operation would lead to better communication between different EU areas, coupling infrastructure, increasing prosperity and improving security, including energy independence. It should, however, be implemented with due regard for the sensitivity and interests of all parties in the Union. President Trump's visit to Warsaw symbolizes the efforts that Poland, in its alliance with the United States, brings to a united Europe and the entire transatlantic community,” notes the minister.

     

    The MFA chief also addresses security, stressing Poland’s engagement in both European and Euro-Atlantic structures. “As a country that has historically been subjected time and again to acts of aggression by powerful neighbours, Poland takes its security obligations very seriously. We are one of only four NATO countries that meet the target of spending at least 2 per cent of their GDP on defence. Last month, Poland was elected to the UN Security Council for the sixth time and will start its two-year term in January 2018. The election of Poland to one of the most important UN bodies is testimony to our country's role in preserving peace and security and it points to the trust that the international community has bestowed on us – 190 states voted for our country," writes Poland’s top diplomat while indicating that “in the UNSC, Poland will not just fight for its own interests. It will, when possible, also be the voice of all of Central and Eastern Europe, many of whom share our concerns about Russia’s aggressive posturing and would welcome greater US political engagement in our region.”

     

    Minister Waszczykowski notes that Donald Trump’s decision to meet in Warsaw with the leaders of the Three Seas Initiative is an indicator that the region’s potential has not gone unnoticed. Cooperation among twelve EU Member States carries great potential for cooperation both among countries and with the US as a partner. “The area covered by the Three Seas Initiative covers one-third of the European Union and is home to 112 million people. It is an attractive place to invest in due to impressive economic growth, relatively low unemployment as well as the reassuring sense of security provided by our presence in European and transatlantic structures. The primary aim of the Three Seas Initiative is to build a single European market by tightening transport and energy links – especially on the North-South axis – in the region between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea. In turn, these economic interests will help make the region more competitive and will make it more attractive to outside investors, including those in the United States,” notes Poland’s top diplomat.

     

    Source: Rzeczpospolita

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