Poland hopes for enhanced cooperation in the field of security with Australia – the president

President of Poland Andrzej Duda, during a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop in Canberra, said that Poland hopes for good relations with Australia in the field of cooperation in the field of security and defense.

The meeting, which took place on Monday in the parliament building was also attended by Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne. Initially, bilateral talks were planned to take place between President Duda and Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.

“Poland approaches security and defence policy very seriously, we expect the development of cooperation with Australia in this field. We expect positive talks,” Duda said.

The head of state pointed out that the second issue, which the Polish delegation want to discuss is energy cooperation, especially “in terms of potential Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supplies to Poland.” He also referred to the Polish-Australian Energy Forum, which will take place in Sydney on Tuesday.

“I hope this (the forum-PAP) will bring good results to our entrepreneurs, our countries, with regard to future cooperation,” Duda noted.

The head of the National Security office (BBN), Paweł Soloch, told PAP last week that one of the “key dimensions” of the president’s visit to Australia would be security issues, including talks on the purchase by Poland of Adelaide-type rocket frigate.

Nevertheless, according to the information which appeared in the media on Friday, Poland might not purchase the Australian frigates. Deputy head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Dariusz Gwizdała told PAP that the possible acquisition of Australian frigates is worth considering until the Polish shipbuilding industry acquires the competences to produce this type of ship.

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