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Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Talks on international issues

On 17 October 2006, Undersecretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Krawczyk, visited Berlin.

The Minister was the main guest at a Körber Foundation Political Breakfast, in the course of which he presented Polish foreign policy priorities. Next, he took part in a Polish-German Dialogue Forum organised by the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, attended also by Bundestag Speaker Norbert Lammert and Deputy Chairman of the Bundestag’s CDU/CSU faction, Andreas Schockenhoff. In his address, Minister Krawczyk discussed the current state of bilateral relations, mutual cooperation and prospects for its expansion.

The Minister also met with a Secretary of State at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reinhard Silbenberg. The partners exchanged views on bilateral relations and the European dimension of Polish-German cooperation. Reinhard Silbenberg presented the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The forthcoming informal European Council summit at Lahti and energy security issues were also on the agenda.

Andrzej Krawczyk also met with the foreign and security policy advisor to the German Chancellor, Christoph Heusgen. The partners discussed topical issues in Polish-German relations and the preparations for a Weimar Triangle summit scheduled for 5 December 2006. It was agreed that the next consultations in preparation for the event would be held in Berlin in November 2006 according to the German-French-Polish formula. Other topics included EU-Russia relations and major international developments, notably the problem of Iran and the situation in the Middle East and in Afghanistan.

The Minister also met with the deputy SPD foreign policy spokesman and Chairman of the Polish-German Parliamentary Group, Markus Meckel. Bilateral issues were discussed, in particular cooperation between Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary in the ongoing historical debate on the struggle against the communist regime.
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