PM and US ambassador discuss Middle East, F-35 purchase - ministry

The US ambassador expressed thanks in a Twitter post for a discussion of priorities in Polish-American relations. Rafał Guz/PAP

US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan and Poland's purchase of F-35 fighter jets were discussed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński told PAP.

The meeting between the US ambassador and Polish PM, which was also attended by Jablonski, also touched on economic relations between the two countries. Jabłoński said that during the talks, Mosbacher had expressed the United States' appreciation of Poland's role in the Middle East peace process.

"The talks also touched on economic relations, especially in the field of 5G and the energy industry," Jabłoński told PAP. "In the course of the meeting the issue of military cooperation was also raised. Friday's signing of a deal on the purchase of 32 American F-35 planes was also discussed."

The US ambassador expressed thanks in a Twitter post for a discussion of priorities in Polish-American relations. "Prime Minister @MorawieckiM, thank you for today’s meeting and the opportunity to discuss priorities for the U.S.-Polish relationship in 2020. I know that this will be another year of outstanding U.S.-Polish cooperation," she tweeted.

In a Middle East peace plan announced on Tuesday, President Trump called for the creation of two separate states: Israel and Palestine. The Palestinian territory is to be increased two-fold but Israel would gain full sovereignty over Jewish settlements on the West Bank. The project also provides for a four-year freeze on Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory administered by Israel as well as foreseeing the Palestinians' complete demilitarisation.

The plan was announced following a meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was up-beat about it. However, Palestine has thoroughly rejected Trump's propositions. In the opinion of President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, the US initiative is "nonsense." The plan was also rejected by Iran-backed Lebanese organisation Hezbollah, Iran and Turkey.