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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Polish and German presidents meet in Malta

  |   Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier met in Valletta, Malta, on Thursday prior to an informal summit of the Arraiolos Group's heads of state.

 

See also: President Andrzej Duda talks to Malta leaders about cooperation Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their conviction that war reparations demanded a calm debate, the Polish president's top aide, Krzysztof Szczerski said.

 

Minister Szczerski added that the two heads of state, "focused on various historical aspects and current Polish-German relations".

 

"They spoke about the debate regarding German war reparations for Poland's WW2 losses, which has been going in Poland", the official went on.

 

"The presidents discussed various political and legal conditions related to war reparations. They expressed their conviction that the issue required calm discussion, and declared that - irrespective of how the situation developed in this field - they would do their best to ensure that the rich achievements in Polish-German relations of recent years were maintained", the minister stressed.

 

The official added that the meeting lasted an hour, which was longer than planned.

 

"The first part of the meeting focused on the future of European politics in the light of German elections. During a discussion on the EU's future, the two presidents agreed that it was necessary to mobilise European countries to overcome the current impasse and seek positive solutions for the entire EU", Minister Szczerski wrote in a statement.

 

According to the official, the EU's internal and external security, the necessity of animating economic growth within the single market and a proper response to the migration crisis were considered top priorities by the two presidents.

 

Minister Szczerski also added that the two heads of state agreed that in the light of Brexit, the EU needed to reaffirm its unity and efficiency without unnecessary divisions and internal tensions. (PAP)

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