Turkish foreign minister to visit Poland on Monday as defence ties grow

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will be paying a two-day visit to Poland on Monday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday. 

“During the meetings, all aspects of bilateral relations with our strategic partner and ally Poland will be discussed, along with exchange of views on the EU membership process of Turkey as well as regional and international issues,” read a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry. 

Çavuşoğlu’s itinerary in Poland will include meetings with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Elzbieta Witek, speaker of the Sejm, the lower house of the country’s parliament. On Tuesday, Çavuşoğlu will also be speaking at the 7th Warsaw Security Forum before returning to Turkey.

The two countries have seen their cooperation advance in the last year. 

Poland announced that it would be acquiring 24 Bayraktar TB2 type armed unmanned aerial vehicles from Turkey on May 22. The drones purchased includes anti-tank missiles on top of a training and logistics package. 

On May 24, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signed a contract to purchase the drones at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who expressed his "delight" at the sale. Poland is today the first and only NATO member to operate Turkish-built armed drones.

On July 6, four Turkish F-16s, part of a 80-member detachment from Turkey, arrived in Poland to take part in the NATO Air Policing mission over the Batic Sea.

 

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