Polish-Lithuanian consultations focus on Belarus, security

Noting the significant support of Poland and Lithuania for Belarusian society and assistance to the victims of repression in that country, Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk declared that Warsaw and Vilnius would continue to cooperate closely in this area. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The situation in Belarus, regional and transatlantic security, economic cooperation and cooperation on the EU forum were among the topics of the first Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental consultations that took place in Vilnius on September 16-17

The consultations, chaired by Polish and Lithuanian PMs, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulios Skvernelis, were attended by, among others, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release.

During the bilateral consultations, Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk said that "when analysing Poland's foreign policy and our relations with European partners, it is difficult to find another country with which Poland is developing such intensive and multidimensional cooperation," as in the case of Lithuania. "This is the starting point for close cooperation on the international fora, EU and NATO, for initiating active regional formats - the Bucharest Nine, the Three Seas Initiative and the Lublin Triangle," the minister noted.

He pointed out that the security policy and cooperation within the EU, including joint action for its eastern neighbourhood remain the pillars of bilateral relations. Noting the significant support of Poland and Lithuania for Belarusian society and assistance to the victims of repression in that country, Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk declared that Warsaw and Vilnius would continue to cooperate closely in this area.

"Clear support for Belarus, including both the common expectation of holding democratic elections and a concrete offer of economic aid, as well as supporting the victims of repression by the authorities, is of fundamental importance today," said the Polish minister.