Parliament speaker, German ambassador talk parliamentary cooperation

Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek and the German Ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven on Wednesday discussed parliamentary dialogue, historical policy and the role of the Weimar Triangle.

In the course of the meeting, Speaker Witek expressed hope for the continuation and intensification of Polish-German parliamentary contacts and for a return to top-level direct meetings of Polish and German parliamentarians, the Sejm Office wrote in a press release.

The German ambassador on his part confirmed that dialogue at the parliamentary level was an important element of his mission in Poland.

Referring to historical policy, Witek thanked von Loringhoven for the Bundestag's October 30, 2020, resolution on the raising of a memorial site in Berlin dedicated to the Polish victims of the Third Reich.

Ambassador Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven assured his interlocutor that Polish-German historical dialogue is extremely important to him. He also gave assurance of his commitment to promoting knowledge about the difficult history of Poland and Germany.

The parties also discussed the role of the Weimar Triangle. Witek expressed the conviction that the forum was an excellent place for debates on the future of the European Union, especially in the context of the crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Weimar Triangle formula was initiated by the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and France in Weimar in 1991. Initially informal meetings over time changed into regular tripartite consultations. Their aim is to improve and strengthen cooperation between the three countries. In the following years, the Weimar cooperation was extended to include the ministers of defence, justice, finance and parliamentarians.