Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Grzegorz Schetyna met in Berlin on Wednesday (19 November) on the margins of the German-Polish Forum. Alongside bilateral topics, the focus was on the international agenda - mainly the Ukraine conflict and the continued engagement in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier had only returned during the night from his one-day trip to Kyiv and Moscow, where he had met with Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroschenko, and his political leadership as well as the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. That is why, in the talks with Polish Foreign Minister Schetyna on 19 November, the focus was once again on how to deal with the Ukraine crisis. Steinmeier reiterated his appeal for work to continue on implementing the Minsk Protocol in order to avoid falling back into a military confrontation.
Moreover, Poland and Germany’s Foreign Ministers discussed the continued engagement of the international community in Afghanistan post‑2015. On Wednesday, the Federal Government decided to continue supporting Afghanistan once the ISAF mission has come to an end by taking part in its successor, the Resolute Support Mission.
Award for German-Polish youth meeting centres
At a meeting on the occasion of the German-Polish Forum, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Polish counterpart Schetyna lauded the positive development in the relations between their two countries – it was the people who had worked for reconciliation in Germany and Poland who were to thank for the fact that the German-Polish friendship was stronger than ever, said Foreign Minister Steinmeier. Nowadays, the special quality of their partnership allowed both countries to “jointly take on responsibility for Europe”.
Afterwards, in the afternoon, the two Foreign Ministers participated in this year’s German-Polish Forum which took place in the representation of Land Brandenburg in Berlin. Within the framework of the German-Polish Forum, the Foreign Ministers awarded the German-Polish Prize, which, this year, was awarded in honour of the work of the International Youth Meeting Centre in Auschwitz and the Trebnitz Castle Education and Exchange Centre.