Poland attaches particular importance to cooperation with Azerbaijan, said Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski, as he met his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov. The ministers expressed satisfaction with the current state of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Poland and exchanged views on the expansion of cooperation in various fields. They emphasized the high-level mutual visits which contribute to the enhancement of cooperation. Touching upon the transport projects launched with Azerbaijan’s initiative and participation, particularly East-West and North-South corridors, Mammadyarov noted that Poland may also get benefited from the opportunities provided by these routes.
The situation in Libyan together with the potential return of the Polish embassy and of Polish oil, construction and other companies were among the main subjects of discussion in talks in Warsaw on Thusday and Friday between the Presidency Council’s foreign affairs minister and the Polish government. It was the first time since the revolution in 2011 that a Libyan official went in Poland. Warsaw has recalled its willingness to see the Libyan stability soon, for the Libyan people but also to increase their bilateral relation.
A U.S.-led battalion of more than 1,100 soldiers will be deployed in Poland from the start of April, a U.S. commander said on Monday, as the alliance sets up a new force in response to Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. More than 900 U.S. soldiers, around 150 British personnel and some 120 Romanian troops will make up the battlegroup in northeastern Poland, one of four multinational formations across the Baltic region that Russia has condemned as an aggressive strategy on its frontiers. Britain, Canada and Germany are leading the other three battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which are due to be operational by June. They will have support from a series of NATO nations including France. In total, some 4,000 NATO troops – equipped with tanks, armored vehicles, air support and hi-tech mission information rooms – will monitor for and defend against any potential Russian incursions.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces four robust multinational battle groups will be deployed on the Alliance’s eastern flank in June in response to Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels. “We discussed the progress of the deployment and I expect all four battalions to be fully operational by June” Stoltenberg said. He also expressed confidence that the United States would stay committed to NATO, to the transatlantic bond but also to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all European states including Ukraine.
Polish tourists will go back to Tunisia, ambassador of Poland in Tunis Lidia Milka-Wieczorkiewicz said Wednesday in Tunis. Several Polish tour operators have already started charter flights to Tunisia on the basis of two flights a week, the diplomat added at a meeting in Tunis with the civil society to assess Poland’s support for democracy in Tunisia in the period 2012-2016. According to the diplomat, Polish tour operators have envisaged an increase in their tourist activities to Tunisia during the high and the after-season 2017. “Two flights will be operated every Thursday to and from Polish cities Warsaw and Katowice,” said the ambassador. According to her, the Tunisian Minister of Tourism will soon travel to Warsaw to meet her Polish counterpart and the country’s tour operators and biggest travel agencies. During this meeting, she added, an overview will be given on the democratic transition process initiated in Tunisia and prospects for the development of Tunisian tourism. “The objective of this trip is to identify ways to bring tourism professionals together in both countries in order to increase tourism flows in both directions,” she added. The Polish tourist market has fallen sharply after the bloody attacks on the Bardo Museum and a hotel in Sousse in 2015.
Polish protesters have launched fresh demonstrations against efforts to further tighten abortion laws. Women’s rights activists held a rally outside the parliament building in Warsaw, with more action expected on Monday. Poland’s MPs rejected a near-total ban on abortions on 6 October after mass protests against the move. But there are new proposals to outlaw abortions in cases where foetuses are unviable or badly damaged. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the governing Law and Justice Party (PiS), has said his socially conservative party is working on a new restrictive bill.