German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas starts his visit to Poland
“The minister’s visit continues the tradition of key German politicians participating in the commemoration of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. It is also a proof of Germany’s and Poland’s close relations and the importance both sides attach to an honest and intensive dialogue,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference summarising the first day of the visit of German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas to Poland.
The main goal of the two-day visit of Minister Maas to Warsaw is to participate in the events marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. Polish and German foreign ministers will jointly lay flowers at the Monument to Victims of the Wola Massacre, visit the Warsaw Rising Museum and meet with Polish and German youth. “I appreciate the decision of Minister Heiko Maas to take part in the commemoration, as it is an expression of his historical sensitivity, and it emphasises the importance of historical matters in Poland’s and Germany’s relations,” said Minister Czaputowicz.
During bilateral talks, the ministers discussed current European issues, including the appointment of a new European Commissioner. The top diplomats also talked about bilateral relations in the context of historical issues. “I am pleased that the meeting of the Polish-German Round Table took place in June this year and I look forward to a fruitful continuation of the talks during the next meeting in November,” said Minister Czaputowicz at the press conference. He also stressed that it is important for Poles that their compatriots living in Germany can preserve their knowledge of their mother tongue and nurture Polish culture and traditions.
The officials also talked about international issues, including the prospects for the Eastern Partnership. “Poland and Germany actively participate in the debate on the partnership’s future, and our discussions are an opportunity to better understand each other and look for a common position,” emphasised Minister Czaputowicz. The ministers also referred to the Berlin Process summit, which was held at the beginning of July in Poznan. Minister Jacek Czaputowicz noted that Poland is ready to share its experience of systemic transformation. “We are convinced that forging closer links between the European Union and the Western Balkans states fosters stability and prosperity in the region,” he remarked.
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, the two ministers also took part in the events marking the anniversary in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, where they participated in an open-air mass, followed by a roll call of the fallen attended by President Andrzej Duda and the representatives of the insurgents. After the ceremony, Ministers Czaputowicz and Maas laid flowers at the Warsaw Uprising Monument.
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