Polish, Turkish ministers stress OSCE, NATO role in regions

Polish and Turkish deputy foreign ministers on Tuesday underscored the importance of international involvement in solving conflicts and tensions in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe, the Polish Foreign Ministry has reported.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz and his Turkish counterpart, Sendat Onal, held a videoconference on Tuesday.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO should play an instrumental role in solving regional tensions, including in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe, the officials agreed.

Przydacz and Onal also discussed the effects of a Polish-Turkish-Romanian cooperation format established in 2012.

"It is an important platform of cooperation between the three countries that represent NATO's eastern and southern flanks," Przydacz was quoted as saying in the ministry's statement.

The format "allows for closer coordination of issues that are vitally important for Poland, Turkey, Romania and the region, especially in the area of national security and transatlantic cooperation," Przydacz added.