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Poland & UK, as close as family.

KRAKOW TOURSUK foreign secretary William Hague said that relations between Poland and Britain were sometimes as close as family, after a meeting with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw last night.

Sikorski and Hague met for discussions on the situation in Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as issues related to the EU’s foreign policy and energy security.

Radoslaw Sikorski and William Hague praised the decision of the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran in protest against Tehran’s nuclear ambitions – comprising of penalties which will hugely affect the banking sector in that country.

“Poland and Great Britain have been allies for years. Recently this alliance was strengthened due to the presence of a large Polish community in Great Britain,” Sikorski said after the meeting last night. “I would like to give thanks for the positive attitude towards Poles in Great Britain, though I hope they will in time come back to Poland, speaking fluent English but working in their home country.”

Foreign secretary Hague also underlined the importance of the presence of the Polish community, who flocked there in their hundreds of thousands after Poland joined the EU in 2004.

“Those who work [in the UK] were, and are, always welcome. It is their presence which has enhanced the good, often family-like relations between our two countries,” he said.

William Hague also expressed solidarity with Poland in connection with the Smolensk plane crash and the floods.

The visit to Warsaw was part of a European tour by the new foreign secretary, which has taken in Paris, Rome and Berlin. His first trip abroad, however, was to Washington directly after forming the Lib-Con coalition in the UK in May – reflecting the foreign policy priorities of the new government in Downing Street.

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June 11, 2010 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

   

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