Foreign Minister presents priorities of Poland’s 2017 foreign policy
February 10, 2017
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski
Shaping the future of the European Union will be the main challenge for foreign policy in 2017, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in his address to parliament on Thursday.
Repairing the EU will be Poland's priority and the country will oppose EU disintegration, the official said.
At the same time, Poland expects that the EU will increase the energy security of each member state, Waszczykowksi said.
Referring to Poland's policy towards Russia Waszczykowski said that it is determined by the latter's aggressive behavior in Eastern Europe. Poland, however, sees the need for dialogue with Russia, will take steps to enhance social and cultural dialogue and will strive to repair bilateral economic relations, Waszczykowski said.
A strategic partnership with China has become a durable element of Poland's foreign policy, Waszczykowski also said.
Security policy will be another priority of Poland's foreign policy in 2017, Waszczykowski said. The Polish government will strive to fully implement the decisions of the 2016 Warsaw NATO summit and will seek to enhance the US-EU cooperation, Waszczykowski said.
Poland will strive to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the foreign minister added.
Poland will strive to the best possible relations with the United States as well as between the US and the European Unoin, President Andrzej Duda said in parliament following Waszczykowski's address.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Grzegorz Schetyna said during a debate on Poland's foreign policy that ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) is conducting a foreign policy that is short-sighted, irresponsible and chaotic.
Errors include "ruined" relations with Germany, poor choice of strategic partner and lack of declaration of support for Donald Tusk as European Council President, Schetyna, himself a former Foreign Minister, said.