Minister at a special NATO meeting
-“It was very important and very successful summit. (...) We took a decision about NATO's entry into the anti-terrorist coalition. It was a decision that had been prepared a long time”.
After the NATO summit Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz said “There were very difficult conversations in this subject”.
On Thursday 25th May Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz took part in a special meeting of Heads of State and Governments of NATO countries in Brussels. The Polish delegation was chaired by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. The main topics of the working meeting were issues related to fulfilling the provisions of last year's NATO summit in Warsaw, defense expenses of the member states, strengthening of transatlantic bond and fight against terrorism.
After the talks the head of the Ministry of Defense confirmed that during the summit Poland had received confirmation of the prolongation of the presence of the army, both within battalion combat groups and US forces after 2018.
Minister Antoni Macierewicz also talked about Poland's contribution to the fight against terrorism. “We have reported our participation in the anti-terrorist coalition by submitting an offer to the Secretary General to take participation in a mission involving the training of Iraqi technicians and engineers who will be able to repair their equipment. This will probably be a wider team, consisting not only from Poles, but we will be there to play a leading role” - said at the meeting with journalists the head of the Ministry of Defense.
Before the summit began, Minister Macierewicz stressed that both, the subject matter itself and the question of the presence of US President Donald Trump in the international situation in which we find ourselves, give a great importance to this meeting. “It can be said that it is no less important for the global security, including Poland's security, as the NATO summit in Warsaw, which historically has a crucial importance”.
“The main issue will be the matter of the necessary of financial efforts of the NATO countries and NATO in general – to make sure that the commitments are evenly divided between countries by increasing funding from countries that have so far not reached 2% on armaments, and to rise the challenge both, on the eastern and southern flanks. The second topic which is signaled is the fight against terrorist challenges, with groups that are called Islamic state, but this subject is incomparably wider and the problem is really very important. We point out that terrorist threats to the contemporary world are coming from the same source as the threat to the eastern flank, and I think that this analysis is increasingly shared by our allies" - said Minister Macierewicz.
Before the start of the Brussels meeting of Heads of State and Government of NATO countries held a meeting with the Polish delegation to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. One of the three topics discussed was the debate about NATO's presence in Poland. Polish side heard an assurances from the North Atlantic Alliance that the decisions of the Warsaw Summit were fulfilled and will be fulfilling, but they have a long-term nature.
During the day, Minister Macierewicz accompanied the President of the Republic of Poland in bilateral talks: With French President Emmanuel Macron and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
More information: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_143284.htm