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FM: negotiations with German colleague open the door for further cooperation

The visit of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Poland is aimed at highlighting the relations between our countries and opening the door for further cooperation, Foreign Minister Jacek Chaputowicz told reporters after Monday’s talks with Maas.

Czaputowicz told a press conference after the meeting that the talks with Maas among others concerned bilateral relations, the situation of Germany’s Polish community, European affairs including Brexit, and the new EU budget.

Czaputowicz said Poland hoped for more government aid to Germany’s Polish community, especially in matters related to Polish-language education. He added that he also asked Maas about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Czaputowicz and Maas met in the St. Maksymilian Centre in Harmęże by Oświęcim in southern Poland, the site of the World War Two Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz. Commenting on the choice of the site, Czaputowicz said it was “an important symbol of our difficult (…) history,” and “proof of how mature Polish-German partnership is.”

Maas said his visit to Poland was “very moving,” and stressed that wartime death camps constituted “the darkest pages in German history.” He added that Germany took full responsibility for wartime atrocities committed against Jews and Poles.

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