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Poland reopens diplomatic post in PH

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has declared the reopening of his country’s diplomatic post in the Philippines.

Minister Waszczykowski made the announcement in his major foreign policy address on Poland’s foreign policy thrusts and priorities in 2016, which he delivered at the Sejm (Parliament) this week.

“We want to expand our economic cooperation with Asia by re-creating diplomatic posts in such countries as Mongolia and the Philippines,” Foreign Minister Waszczykowski said in his speech.

The Philippine Embassy in Poland was first opened in 1990 but was closed in 1993. It was reopened in 2009 by then Ambassador Alejandro del Rosario. Poland opened its Embassy in Manila in 1993 but closed it in 1994. At present, the Philippines, together with Brunei, are under the jurisdiction of Poland’s Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Philippine Ambassador to Poland Patricia Ann V. Paez, who was present at the Sejm during the foreign minister’s address, said this move will accelerate the deepening of the Philippines’ relations with Poland at all levels and in all their dimensions.

At the same time, Ambassador Paez said this will also spur the full realization of the potentials of both countries.

The top Filipino diplomat in Poland noted that both Poland and the Philippines share the same values of democracy and freedom as well as adherence to the rule of law; have parallel experiences in national transformation; and share the same faith as Catholic nations.