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  • 5 September 2017

    Today Minister Witold Waszczykowski opened in Warsaw this year’s Ambassadors Conference, which brings together over 70 ambassadors and heads of mission representing Poland on all continents and at international organizations. The event was also attended by candidates for ambassadors and the MFA senior officials.

    Among key topics of the Conference will be European issues, including the future of the European Union amid Brexit and the evolution of the internal market. For this reason, one of the main guests of the Conference was Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, a country which is currently holding presidency of the EU Council. “It is our close regional partner, with which we share views on many international issues. Over this half-year period, Sven Mikser fulfils the honourable role of chief of the EU presidency. This gives us the opportunity to discuss not only bilateral topics, but also ways of solving European problems together,” noted Minister Waszczykowski.

     

     

    The Conference’s agenda also includes items relating to Poland’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, which begins in 2018. In this context, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčak, who was elected President of the UN General Assembly, is coming to Warsaw on Tuesday at the invitation of Minister Waszczykowski. Discussions on the future of transatlantic relations will also feature prominently in the programme. The former US Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried, who is a friend of Poland and an experienced diplomat, will be the special guest at this part of the Conference. “He will familiarize us with the current situation in the United States,” said Minister Waszczykowski. “It is very much desirable that a former American diplomat should attend the Conference,” he observed.

     

    The Conference will spotlight security issues, public, cultural and economic diplomacy, as well as the COP 24 climate conference to be hosted by Poland next year. These parts of the Conference will be attended by Deputy Prime Ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Piotr Gliński, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, and Environment Minister Jan Szyszko. In all the Conference will bring together close to 30 external guests from Poland and abroad. One of the Ambassadors Conference’s highlights have traditionally been meetings with Poland’s highest office holders. On Monday, the ambassadors met with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, and Speakers of the Sejm and the Senate. On Thursday, the diplomats are expected to meet with the Prime Minister.

     

    Moreover, the ambassadors will hold regional conferences attended by heads of missions which are situated on specific continents. Together with MFA senior officials and directors of territorial departments, they will discuss foreign policy issues that are particular to their region or type of mission. “The Conference features many technical and policy meetings in regional sub-groups. The ambassadors come together with deputy ministers in charge of specific regions and policy areas,” said Minister Waszczykowski. “This Conference is an opportunity to exchange opinions, experiences, and views,” added the Polish foreign policy chief. The ambassadors will also meet with Polish entrepreneurs who do business abroad and who will be supported by diplomatic missions on markets the world over. “We also want the ambassadors to promote (…) Poland’s economic interests,” added the MFA chief.

     

    The 2017 Ambassadors Conference will run until 8 September.

     

    MFA Press Office

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