Foreign ministers of Poland and Finland hold consultations

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in Polish

Foreign ministers of Poland and Finland hold consultations

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18 December 2018

Foreign ministers of Poland and Finland hold consultations

“Finland is Poland’s important partner in the EU and within the Baltic Sea region. We are very pleased with the development of the enhanced Polish-Finish cooperation, covering such diverse topics as security, Eastern policy, economy or education,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference after a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini.

The talks between Ministers Jacek Czaputowicz and Timo Soini focused on bilateral cooperation, European policy, regional cooperation, Eastern policy and security matters. Enhanced cooperation between Warsaw and Helsinki was initiated with a joint communique adopted by prime ministers of the two countries in December 2011.
“Increasing the efficiency of regional cooperation lies in our common interest, since it translates directly into improved security and prosperity in countries located by the Baltic Sea, making our region’s voice better heard at the European and global fora,” noted Minister Czaputowicz. Polish MFA head also referred to the cooperation of the two countries in the Arctic region, stressing that Poland as an observer state in the Arctic Council highly values Finland’s presidency of the organization, its effectiveness and readiness to face current challenges.
During the meeting, the ministers also talked about the agenda of Finland’s presidency of the Council of the EU, planned for the second half of 2019, the priorities of Finnish presidency of the Council of Europe, as well as current challenges in Eastern policy and security areas. The chief of Polish diplomacy emphasized that Poland supports the development of Finland’s relations with the North Atlantic Alliance. He also stated that countering hybrid threats should be one of major challenges of the EU and NATO cooperation.
“We highly value Finland’s commitment to the establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki. Poland was among the countries co-creating the centre and actively participates in its work,” stated Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
MFA Press Office

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