15/10/2020 Thursday

Weimar Triangle FMs in agreement on challenges facing Europe

Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The Weimar Triangle foreign ministers, namely, Ministers Zbigniew Rau of Poland, Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Heiko Maas of Germany, were in agreement in Paris on Thursday while speaking about the largest challenges facing Europe.

Minister Rau has invited his French and German counterparts to visit Poland.

The French minister, who hosted the Paris meeting, said that he had also held bilateral talks with his Polish and German counterparts. He said that there were formats in the EU, which made it possible for Europe to move forward, and added that the Weimar Triangle was one of them.

Having recalled that the last meeting of Weimar Triangle foreign ministers took place four years ago, the French minister declared that the three countries were very deeply attached to this format.

Referring to the subject of the meeting, Le Drian said it had been focused on cooperation for peace, democracy and human rights, as well as, the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Kremlin politics, the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the situation in Belarus. Le Drian said that the EU had been responding properly to all these matters.

Speaking about Belarus, the French minister said that all EU countries were ready to impose sanctions on all persons responsible for aggression and for falsifying the election results in that country. Le Drian added that what was wanted was a strong Europe, strong in every place where it was being attacked, and strong towards China.

Le Drain admitted that the rule of law and migration were among the discrepancies between the Weimar Triangle members.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after a Thursday meeting with his French and German counterparts in Paris that the Weimar Triangle meeting "is a good opportunity to hold talks by representatives of various parts of the EU." He added that "our perception of security matters, the EU future and fundamental matters is very similar."

Minister Rau told reporters that the Weimar Triangle meeting "is a good opportunity to hold talks by representatives of various parts of the EU." He added that "our perception of security matters, the EU future and fundamental matters is very similar."

Referring to the subject of the meeting, Minister Rau said it was focused on Belarus, and added that "we completely agree with the diagnosis of events as well as with the necessary consequences and EU responses to these events." Other topics included Russia, Libya and the situation in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Rau also said that he invited his counterparts to Poland to attend an observance of the Weimar Triangle's 30th anniversary next year.

Asked whether there were plans to hold a summit of the heads of state and government of the Weimar Triangle, Rau answered that the organisation of a summit after a meeting of Weimar Triangle foreign ministers was a good tradition. "I believe that such a summit will be desirable, and I think that we will most likely speak about it later today," he said.

Minister Maas spoke about the activity of the Weimar Triangle and said that today's meeting was proof that the Weimar Triangle was alive, and that it could be very useful.

Referring to the joint position of the three countries on Belarus, the German official recalled that the EU had adopted new sanctions this week and that they had been also imposed on Alexander Lukashenko. But we want to conduct further dialogue, he stated.

Speaking about Russia, Minister Maas said that the position of the three countries was convergent, and declared that the EU wanted to continue its to-date policy towards that country.

According to Minister Maas, other subjects of the meeting included the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. He declared that the point was to preserve unity between the western and eastern parts of the EU, and said that the Weimar Triangle could be very helpful to reach this goal.

The Weimar Triangle was established in 1991 by Warsaw, Berlin and Paris.