Poland counting on continuity in US policy - minister

Speaking on the goals of Polish diplomacy in view of the present situation, Rau said that relations between states were what mattered most, while relations between leaders, although important, remained in the background. Albert Zawada/PAP

We expect a continuity in US policy, currently beneficial for Poland, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said two days before Joe Biden is to be sworn in as the next US president.

Rau, speaking to Polish Radio One on Sunday, assessed that the term of the outgoing US administration was very favourable to Poland thanks to, among other matters, concluded agreements and support for the Three Seas Initiative. "We expect continuity, of course, and we have good reasons to believe that this will take place because Polish and American interests are convergent," he said.

Commenting on possible changes in US policy, Rau noted that after Joe Biden's victory and the Democrat's winning control over both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Democrats may be more inclined to carry out many internal reforms and to focus more on domestic politics.

"I personally believe that the Biden administration will have a fairly precise vision of how to establish relations with its allies," said Rau, adding that, in his opinion, the US will show its leadership in a new formula of cooperation.

Speaking on the goals of Polish diplomacy in view of the present situation, Rau said that relations between states were what mattered most, while relations between leaders, although important, remained in the background.

Remarking on whether Poland was prepared for the fact that the new US administration may raise ideological issues, for example, the issue of the so-called LGBT-free zones or family rights, Rau said that the best reply was that "we are an ally of the United States by conviction on the most fundamental issues, and that our societies differ in regard to values, their visions of social structure." He assessed that ideological disputes in the US were much stronger than in Poland.

"We are what we are, and we are not going to change cyclically. We respect each other," concluded the Polish foreign minister.