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  • 19 October 2017

    During his visit to Azerbaijan Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski spoke with editor Gulgiz Muradova about Warsaw-Baku co-operation, current economic projects and the conflict in Karabakh.

    “My visit to Azerbaijan confirms our ambition to uphold the dynamics of our high-level bilateral relations. It takes place just a few months after the successful visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Warsaw and I hope it will be another step in the process of strengthening Polish-Azerbaijani relations,” the head of Polish diplomacy said.

    The Minister said that during his visit to Azerbaijan he intends to discuss future bilateral relations, as well as Azerbaijan’s relations with the European Union and cooperation within the Eastern Partnership.

    It was noted that the visit takes place in the lead up to the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels (November), which is an important element of the political talks planned during the visit of the Polish Foreign Minister.

    “We would also like to touch upon security issues – i.e. the Karabakh conflict and the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus region, taking into account Poland’s agenda as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” the minister said.

    The head of Polish diplomacy recalled that during the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Warsaw in June this year six important agreements were signed. He also announced that several other agreements are also under consideration.

    “We plan to prepare them for signing during the possible official visit of President Andrzej Duda to Azerbaijan next year,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said.

    The Minister noted that there is still great potential for economic cooperation between Poland and Azerbaijan. He pointed out that on this point Poland is open to Azerbaijan’s needs as well as to proposals concerning economic cooperation.

    “What we want to do is to facilitate contacts between our entrepreneurs. That is why the delegation I am heading this week consists of officials and practitioners responsible for on-going and perspective projects related to bilateral economic exchange. Our economic cooperation strategy should be based on realistic projects and take into account the real interests of both parties,” he added.

    The head of Poland’s MFA stressed that Poland recognises Azerbaijan’s efforts to modernise and reform its economy, putting emphasis on the development of those segments that are not related directly to energy sector.

    He added that Poland is ready to cooperate in respect to these ambitious plans also because this aspect is included in the Joint declaration on the road map towards strategic partnership and economic cooperation between Poland and Azerbaijan, signed in Warsaw in June this year by the presidents of both countries.

    “The document is a political foundation for the multidimensional development of our relationship. President Andrzej Duda emphasized that the trade exchange of about $100 million does not reflect the economic potential of our states. Meanwhile, Poland as the EU’s sixth economy with a GDP of $467 billion is able to offer our Azerbaijani partners many economic opportunities,” he added.


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