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  • 21 November 2016

    Implementation of the Warsaw NATO summit commitments including strengthening the Alliance’s eastern flank and current security challenges were discussed by the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defense Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski during the Halifax International Security Forum.

    Deputy Minister Szatkowski participated as a speaker in the panel entitled “The New Battlefield: Where is it?” moderated by the Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, Mr. Kurt Volker. The panel also included Gen. Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), who had a voice in the discussion, and Director of the U.S Army Capabilities Integration Center, Gen. Herbert McMaster. Minister Szatkowski also took part in a working breakfast hosted by the Defense Minister of Canada Harjit Sajjan on the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations. He affirmed Poland’s contribution consisting of an engineering sub-unit and offered the possibility of personnel training at the Center of Preparation for Foreign Missions (Pol.: Centrum Przygotowań do Misji Zagranicznych) in Kielce.

     

    Poland’s Under Secretary held also a series of bilateral meetings. During a conversation with the Deputy Minister of Defense of Canada, Mr. John Forster, he discussed the state and prospects of the Polish-Canadian defense cooperation and the implementation of the provisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw. He thanked Mr. Forster for Canada’s contribution to NATO’s eastern flank security, including joint training with Polish troops within the Maple Detachment framework. He also expressed hope that the involvement of Canada’s Armed Forces in Poland will continue. Deputy Minister Forster thanked Poland for the commitment of an armored battalion in Latvia, where Canada will be serving as a framework State. During meetings with U.S. representatives - Senators John McCain and Dan Sullivan – Minister Szatkowski pointed out Poland’s expectations of upholding current American commitments by the incoming administration. He also spoke with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller, the President of the Alliance's Military Committee Gen. Peter Pavel and representatives of NATO Member States: the Defence Minister of Estonia Hannes Hanso, the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense of Germany Ralf Brauksiepe and Assistant to the Defence Ministry of Croatia Nikola Brzica, discussing primarily issues related to the implementation of decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

     

    Every year the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) brings together around 300 guests from 70 countries, including senior representatives of national administrations, international organizations and think-tanks.

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