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UK will remain an important partner for EU: Polish FM

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Roberto Galea 15.02.2017 11:47
The United Kingdom will remain an important economic and military partner for the European Union even after Britain leaves the bloc, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. Photo: Jacek Konecki/Polskie RadioPolish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. Photo: Jacek Konecki/Polskie Radio

“Even if in a few years the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will still remain in Europe,” Waszczykowski told Polish Radio on Wednesday.

He added that the UK will continue to be “an important country in the global economy, it will remain a state with nuclear weapons, and also a permanent member of the UN Security Council. It will remain a very important ally in terms of international security issues.”

Waszczykowski was asked whether the recent trip by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Warsaw led to a “thaw” in Polish-German relations, and whether it is not too late for Poland to reorient its strategic cooperation with the UK, in favour of better ties with Germany in the light of Britain’s imminent exit from the EU.

“This talk of a thaw, of a breakthrough, does not make sense. Poland has its own interests and an example of those interests is choosing its allies,” Waszczykowski said.

Merkel met top officials in the Polish capital last week to discuss bilateral ties and the future of the EU following Brexit. (rg/pk)

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