Prime Minister Morawiecki takes part in Munich Security Conference

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Munich, Germany, on Saturday morning to take part in the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC), where he will address a discussion panel along with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the PM's Office has told PAP.

Morawiecki will take part in the Munich Security Conference the day after his visit to Berlin, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

After the conference, Prime Minister Morawiecki will take part in bilateral meetings, and then he will lay a wreath at the monument to former Polish forced labourers and at the graves of soldiers of the Holy Cross Brigade (Swietokrzyska Brigade) of the Polish National Armed Forces.

The main theme of this year's conference is the EU's role in the world and its relations with the US and Russia. World leaders, including over 20 heads of state and government, and dozens of foreign and defence ministers, are also to debate the "growing threats to liberal world order" and conflicts in the Middle East, including the deteriorating relations between the states of the Persian Gulf.

The agenda also includes the issue of arms control, in particular the tensions related to the North Korean nuclear programme.

"Last year, the world got too close to the borderline of a serious conflict," conference organizer Wolfgang Ischinger stated a report preceding this year's meeting.

In his opinion, the "escalation of the decision-makers' rhetoric" is a disturbing phenomenon. "Whether on the Korean Peninsula, in the Persian Gulf or Eastern Europe, one mistakenly made decision can quickly trigger a dangerous chain reaction," he pointed out.

The guests who confirmed their participation in this year's event include the Prime Ministers of Great Britain and Israel, Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu, respectively, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Munich Security Conference has been organised since the early 1960s. Originally, it was a bilateral German-American dialogue on defence. Over the years, it has become one of the most important meetings devoted to international security. This year's event takes place on February 16-18.