Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau spoke by phone to Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State. Diplomats assured the continuation of close cooperation between the two countries and “joint response to global challenges and threats”. As noted in the State Department press release, Blinken raised the issue of defending common values, including “media freedom and respect for civil rights”.
Tuesday’s phone call was the first conversation between Polish and US foreign ministers since Antony Blinken took office in Washington.
State Department: talks also focused on media freedom and respect for civil rights
The State Department issued an announcement after it. Department spokesman Ned Price said that in an interview with Rau, Antony Blinken “emphasized the importance of Polish-American cooperation in the field of NATO and the transatlantic community security, and thanked the foreign minister for Poland’s loyal partnership.”
Blinken “also discussed our (American – ed.) Cooperation with Poland on regional and global challenges, stressing that he looks forward to cooperating with Poland on many issues in the defense of jointly professed democratic values, including media freedom and respect for civil rights.” .
What did the chiefs of Polish and US diplomacy talk about?
As we read in the communiqué of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the chiefs of Polish and US diplomacy agreed that they would continue close dialogue and close cooperation with both sides and within international organizations to strengthen the transatlantic community.”
“We want a common response to global challenges and threats, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, security threats or the enormous global challenge related to the recovery of our economies,” added the statement.
In the interview, the chief of Polish diplomacy pointed to the common perception of threats to security, including those from Russia, and expressed hope for the US’s involvement in Europe and the matters related to Poland’s neighborhood. “We noted that President Biden made it clear in an interview with President Putin that the United States would react decisively to Russia’s actions that harm the US or its allies,” reads a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.
“We stand on the same position” on Nord Stream 2
Minister Rau expressed Poland’s expectations regarding the continuation of the American policy towards Nord Stream 2. As reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governments of the United States and Poland “are of the same position that the Northern Gas Pipeline is a bad solution for Europe, and the diversification of energy transport routes should be implemented in a way that poses no threat of energy blackmail to other allies and partners. “
On Ukraine, defense cooperation and the “biological definition of gender”
“Minister Rau presented Poland’s activity to strengthen democratic reforms and Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and emphasized the need for cooperation with the US in this area,” emphasized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As noted, “the chief of Polish diplomacy indicated that the priority area of cooperation with the United States was security and defense, including the full implementation of the bilateral agreement on enhanced defense cooperation of August 15, 2020”.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau also emphasized the need to deepen economic and energy security cooperation and informed the American side about the completion by Poland of the internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the bilateral agreement, which will constitute the basis for development of nuclear energy in Poland.
“During the interview, it was pointed out that the Polish Constitution uses a biological definition of gender and upholds human rights and prohibits any discrimination. In the coming years, no changes to the legal order in force since 1997 are planned” – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed in a press release.
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