Polish-Finnish political talks held in Helsinki
Polish and Finnish Foreign Ministers, Jacek Czaputowicz and Pekka Haavisto met in Helsinki on Thursday to discuss bilateral cooperation, European security, the EU's eastern neighbourhood and the continuation of the EU enlargement policy.
Minister Czaputowicz stated that Poland and Finland shared a similar position on EU enlargement. He also encouraged Minister Haavisto to pay a joint visit, along with the so-called friends of enlargement, to Albania and Northern Macedonia in the near future. Both countries have applied for EU accession talks.
The Polish minister also noted that Warsaw particularly welcomed Finnish efforts to strengthen security and stability in the Baltic Sea region, as well as Finland's role in NATO-EU cooperation.
"Finland is an important partner of Poland. The dialogue between Warsaw and Helsinki is open and constructive," Czaputowicz was quoted by the Polish Foreign Ministry as saying on Twitter.
The Polish official also stressed the importance of economic relations between the two countries, whose trade exchange in 2018 exceeded EUR 3.6 billion.
Czaputowicz's two-day visit to Helsinki coincides with the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Finland.
During the visit, the Polish minister was also received by President of Finland Saul Niinisto. During the meeting Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed hope for further strengthening of Polish-Finnish co-operation in security, eastern and regional policies, the Foreign Ministry has tweeted. Other areas of co-operation include trade and investment, the Polish ministry added.
The Polish minister also met with representatives of the Finnish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.