Polish, French ministers discuss Council of Europe, UNSC cooperation

The prospects for cooperation within the Council of Europe and the UN Security Council (UNSC) were the focus of talks between Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau in Warsaw on Tuesday.

Nathalie Loiseau was in Warsaw on a two-day visit which started on Monday when she met Polish Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański. She said her stay in the Polish capital was related to preparations for a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron who plans to come to Warsaw in the first half of the year.

The most important point on the programme for the second day of her visit was a meeting with Minister Czaputowicz, according to a Foreign Ministry press release. "Good relations with France are important to us," the release reported Czaputowicz as emphasising during the talks. "We will work towards strengthening our cooperation."

The communique stated that the two politicians had discussed current issues concerning bilateral relations including the centenary of Poland and France establishing diplomatic relations. The ministers also talked about the prospects for their countries' cooperation within the frameworks of the Council of Europe and the UN Security Council.

"An important forum for cooperation is the UN Security Council," the head of Polish diplomacy noted. "Once again this year, five European states will sit on this body. We want to work towards the establishment of common positions."

During the talks, the issue was also raised of July's summit of the Berlin process, to be held in Poznań (western Poland). The Berlin process is an initiative by a group of EU countries to support the European integration of the Western Balkans countries.