Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the summit of the Heads of States and Governments from the EU and the League of Arab States

We need to talk in order to find solutions that are in our vital interest – said the head of the government at the first ever summit attended by the heads of states and governments from the EU and the League of Arab States (LAS) in Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The aim of the summit is to strengthen Euro-Arab ties. The meeting serves as a new platform of political dialogue between both organisations and is meant to chart new directions in developing EU cooperation with Arab countries. It is a forum for discussing a common approach to regional challenges that impact the stability and security of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The summit is hosted by the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abd al-Fattah as-Sisi.

The head of the government estimated that the situation in 80% of Syria’s territory had already stabilised, therefore the leaders who attended the summit discussed how to motivate migrants in Europe to return to their country. He added that the concern was not with the return of migrants from Poland, as we were able to hold off this wave of migration, but rather from countries where this was a problem.

The Prime Minister informed that the talks at the summit also extended to the topic of how to correctly administer the EU’s humanitarian aid to help people on the ground and to avoid large migratory movements.

Following the opening ceremony, the head of the Polish government took part in the plenary session entitled Strengthening the Euro-Arab partnership and addressing global challenges.

During the meeting, participants discussed cooperation between both organisations as well as most important problems that fall within both communities’ spheres of interest. Particular attention was given to issues pertaining to both parties’ global cooperation on matters such as climate change, migration and combating international terrorism, as well as situation in the region. The discussion extended to topics such as trade and investments.

Before the EU-LAS summit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended several bilateral meetings, including with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš and Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pellegrini. Talks with prime ministers of Visegrád countries concerned, among other issues, negotiating the next EU budget perspective. The head of the government estimated that Poland shares the approach of V4 countries, which according to him means that the government will be able to negotiate a budget that is very favourable for Poland.

Prior to the summit, the head of the Polish government also met with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Talks with the British prime minister mostly focused on Brexit, where, according to the Prime Minister, our efforts are aimed at persuading the parties to find a solution that is a creative compromise. The Prime Minister added that an important issue for us is for the rights of Polish citizens currently residing on the British Isles to remain unthreatened, including the rights of entrepreneurs, trade, export, import – we take great care that this matter is and remains secure. The Prime Minister’s impression from the talk with the EC President was good. He also informed that discussion topics revolved around major challenges currently facing the EU.

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