Palestinian Foreign Minister visits Warsaw
“Palestine is an important partner for Poland in the Middle East and traditionally we have had very good relations,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz after a meeting with the chief of Palestinian diplomacy Riad Malki.
The talks were an opportunity to summarise bilateral relations and exchange views on issues of vital importance for the peace and security in the Middle East. The ministers were satisfied with bilateral relations and declared willingness to further develop the relations, particularly in the areas of trade, cultural heritage protection and tourism. “We are particularly pleased with the development of people-to-people contacts due to academic exchange,” underlined the chief of Polish diplomacy. He also noted that more than a dozen young Palestinians study at Polish universities under the Ignacy Łukasiewicz programme.
Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stated that Poland, like the other EU countries, favours the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, featuring a sovereign Palestinian state in peaceful coexistence with Israel. In this context, the minister informed that the Warsaw Process, which started during the February conference, will be continued. Minister Czaputowicz stressed that both parties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should constructively analyse the US peace plan once it is presented in full. He added that the USA, alongside the EU, is one of the most important actors in the peace process in the Middle East.
Minister Czaputowicz also declared to continue Polish involvement in the development assistance for Palestine. “Both the means earmarked for this purpose in the Polish development assistance programme and our contribution to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) have been significantly increased over the past few years,” he said.
Tomorrow, Minister Malki will take part in the Warsaw Humanitarian Expo.
MFA Press Office
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