MFA/Poland Press Office:
“Minister Waszczykowski started his two-day visit with a meeting with his counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel, which reviewed the current bilateral agenda, including cooperation areas. Minister Waszczykowski outlined Poland’s transformation experiences and current pro-development measures pursued by the Polish government.
The chief of Polish diplomacy shared Poland’s view of the state of affairs in the European Union, in Central and Eastern European countries.
The ministers exchanged assessments of developments in the security environment in the Sahel, including Mali, also raising the prospects for solving the Libya conflict. They furthermore discussed the situation in Syria and the present-day challenges and problems facing the Arab world, including radicalisation and terrorism. “I have taken careful note of Minister Messahel’s assessments of the situation in North Africa and Middle East countries,” emphasized the chief of Polish diplomacy. “As a future member of the UN Security Council, Poland values Algerian diplomacy’s expertise and experience in regional issues and looks forward to effective cooperation during Poland’s term,” said the MFA head.
The signing of a Polish-Algerian agreement on establishing a joint inter-governmental commission for economic, trade, scientific and technical cooperation was an important event of the first day of the Algiers visit. The Commission will facilitate efficient management of bilateral economic cooperation. “I welcome the signing of the agreement on a mixed commission with our strategic partner in Africa. We are willing to host a meeting of this body in Warsaw in the next months,” said the MFA head. He also recalled that this year marks the 55th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between our countries.
Speaking to the Algerian media, Minister Witold Waszczykowski also declared Poland’s willingness to share its political transition experience with Algeria. “We note Algeria’s efforts to carry out difficult economic and social reforms. We see wide opportunities for sharing our own experience in this regard. Over the past twenty-five years, Poland has gone a long way in as far as transformation is concerned, achieving remarkable success at the EU level, where it is one of the fastest-growing economies,” said the Polish foreign minister”.