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Poland must promote its vision of history: FM Waszczykowski

Witold Waszczykowski

Polish Foreign Minister has spoken about the success of the diplomatic, police and security services during World Youth Day and the Pope Francis’s recent visit to the country. Waszczykowski emphasised that “diplomacy is a service” and its commitment should be appreciated.

“Preparations for this visit took many months, we had to decide on the protocol – the order of meetings and talks. These were tedious and not very exciting discussions, but they led to success,” Minister Waszczykowski said in an interview with Telewizja Republika.

Commenting on the importance of historical policy for each country, Waszczykowski said that “if Poland does not promote [its] vision of history, which finds confirmation in historical documents, then such history is lost and appropriated by the narrative of other countries.”

“We are facing the assertive historical policies of Germany and Russia,” he said.

Waszczykowski added that Poland should take as a model “the successful diplomacy and historical policy of Israel, which managed to document and permanently introduce the notion of the Holocaust.”

“We don’t have such successes. We have to fight about Katyn, the lie regarding [Auschwitz], and also about more recent history, which is being appropriated by our neighbours,” said the minister.

He noted that during the pope’s visit to Poland several important meetings took place, including Prime Minister Beata Szydło’s meeting with the UK’s new prime minister, Theresa May, and President Andrzej Duda’s meeting with his Panama counterpart Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez.

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