Malta and Poland Pledge Closer Collaboration on the 50th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations

Malta and Poland Pledge Closer Collaboration on the 50th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 12, 2021
The 23rd October 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malta and Poland.

To kick-start a series of joint initiatives meant to celebrate this important milestone, the Embassy of Malta in Warsaw took the initiative to organize a bilateral meeting between the Secretary of State for European Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the Hon. Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek and the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for  Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Christopher Cutajar.  The meeting took place on the 11th May and in virtual format.

The ambassador of Poland to Malta, HE Tomasz Czyszek and the ambassador of Malta to Poland, H.E. Dr. John Paul Grech, participated in the meeting.

The meeting followed a broad agenda covering various issues of a bilateral, regional, EU and global nature.  These included a pending bilateral agreement on the Mutual Protection and Exchange of Classified Information, which is now in its final stages and should be signed shortly at Ministerial level; the opening of an Embassy of Poland in Malta  by the end of 2021, possibly in time for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Polish-Maltese diplomatic relations; tourism between the two countries, whereby Malta recognized the importance of the Polish tourism market; the call for joint initiatives to support each other’s candidatures at the United Nations, in particular Malta’s current bid for a non-Permanent Seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2023-4.

A number of regional issues, such as migration, Libya, Russia and Ukraine were also discussed, with proposals being made for joint collaboration between the two countries, including on proposed ways how both countries can extend concrete support to Libya in its pursuit to become a safe and peaceful country, following the planned democratic elections scheduled for December this year.

Permanent Secretary, MFEA and the State Secretary at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also discussed EU-related issues, touching upon, inter alia, the Conference of the Future of Europe; the New Pact on Migration and Asylum; Climate Change; Minimum Wages and Ten-E regulation.  The current MoU on Cancer Research being activated between the two specialized academic institutions in Malta and Poland was also raised, with expressions of mutual support in this regard, forthcoming.

Finally, Malta and Poland referred to the upcoming 2022 Polish OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, whereby Malta, after reiterating its long-standing commitment to promote the Mediterranean dimension of the OSCE, pledged full support to the Polish OSCE Presidency.

Both the Polish Secretary of State as well as the Permanent Secretary, MFEA, invited one another to visit their respective capitals in person, once the situation relating to the pandemic allows, with a view to proceed with this fruitful exchange between the two countries.

Screenshot of the video conference 
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