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Polish, Icelandic PMs praise 'strong' bilateral ties, discuss aid to Ukraine

15.03.2023 22:30
Poland’s prime minister has met with his Icelandic counterpart, hailing “very good” bilateral relations and thanking Iceland for supporting Ukraine.
Polands Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (right) and Icelands Katrn Jakobsdóttir (left) meet for talks in Warsaw, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (right) and Iceland's Katrín Jakobsdóttir (left) meet for talks in Warsaw, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.PAP/Rafał Guz

Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki held talks with Iceland's Katrín Jakobsdóttir in Warsaw on Wednesday, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. 

The two prime ministers "focused their discussions on security issues, bilateral relations and energy,” according to officials. 

As they met reporters ahead of the talks, Morawiecki said that “bilateral relations between Poland and Iceland are very good.”

The Polish prime minister thanked Iceland for its "involvement in supporting Ukraine to preserve their freedom and sovereignty.”   

Meanwhile, Jakobsdóttir said Poland and Iceland enjoyed “strong relations.”

Referring to her visit to Kyiv on Tuesday, where she was hosted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyJakobsdóttir thanked Morawiecki “for all the help in reaching Ukraine.”

She said: “I think it was a very good visit, not only due to our presidency of the Council of Europe. We were preparing a summit scheduled for May. We’ll be discussing Ukraine and what we can do under the auspices of the Council of Europe.”

Jakobsdóttir told reporters that Iceland was home to “a brilliant community” of some 23,000 Poles.

“All my acquaintances have Polish friends and we value these friendships very much,” she said, adding that due to “strong bilateral relations," her country recently opened an embassy in Poland.   

Meanwhile, the Polish prime minister said that “Poles and Icelanders make up a magnificent community and work hard for both countries,” Polish state PAP news agency reported.

Referring to Poles living in Iceland, Morawiecki said that “Poland has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe and the door is always open to everyone who wants to return and work in our country.”

He later took to social media to thank his Icelandic counterpart for the meeting. 

He said in a tweet that the talks had centred around “security issues, bilateral relations, including the role of Polish migrants living in Iceland, current international issues, and cooperation within multilateral structures.”   

Meanwhile, Jakobsdóttir wrote on Twitter: “Good meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland. We talked about the large Polish community in Iceland which had enriched our society in so many ways, the war in Ukraine, and the upcoming summit of the Council of Europe in Reykjavik.”

Wednesday was day 385 of Russia’s war on Ukraine. 


Source: IAR, PAP, tvp.info