Polish FM meets Washington think-tanks in US visit
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Thursday met representatives from several leading Washington think-tanks during a visit to the US.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (C) with members of Washington think tanks. Photo: MSZ
“We want to develop cooperation with the United States: both bilaterally and within the region. In the face of increasing threats, the importance of co-operation within the NATO alliance is becoming even more important,” Waszczykowski said.
Waszczykowski met representatives of the American Enterprise Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the Atlantic Council, the Cato Institute and the RAND Corporation.
The meeting dealt with NATO's role as well as Russian activities, including aggression in Ukraine and the situation in Syria, in addition to the threats posed by Iran and North Korea.
On Thursday Waszczykowski also visited the Heritage Foundation, one of the world's most influential conservative think-tanks, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Discussions with the Foundation primarily concerned bilateral cooperation with the United States and within NATO.
On Wednesday, the first day of his visit, Waszczykowski also met the chairman of the Atlantic Council, Jon Huntsman, and Atlantic Council President Fred Kempe.
The main topics of the talks included the policy of the US administration under President Donald Trump, as well as the European Union and Polish-American economic relations.
During the meeting, representatives of the Atlantic Council expressed interest in the Three Seas Initiative – a programme to strengthen ties between countries on the Adriatic, the Baltic and Black Seas.
“The Three Seas Initiative is based on economic assumptions. We want to bridge the development gap between Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe and strengthen north-south links in our region. This is a great opportunity for US companies,” Waszczykowski said, adding that Poland hopes American companies will show interest in participating in infrastructure projects in the region. (rg/pk)