Weimar Triangle FMs agree on challenges facing Europe

The Weimar Triangle foreign ministers: Ministers Zbigniew Rau of Poland, Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Heiko Maas of Germany, found common ground in Paris on Thursday while speaking about the greatest challenges facing Europe.

Le Drian, who hosted the Paris meeting, said it had been focused on cooperation for peace, democracy and human rights as well as the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Kremlin politics, the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the situation in Belarus. He also admitted that there were differences of opinion between the members of the Weimar Triangle on the issues of the rule of law and migration.

Minister Maas spoke about the activity of the Weimar Triangle. He said that today's meeting was proof that it is “still alive” and could be very useful in the future.

Referring to the joint position of the three countries on Belarus, the German official recalled that the EU had adopted new sanctions this week and that they had been also imposed on Alexander Lukashenko. “But we want to conduct further dialogue”, he added.

Polish Foreign Minister, Zbigniew Rau, said that the Weimar Triangle meeting "is a good opportunity to hold talks by representatives of various parts of the EU." He added that "our perception of security matters, the EU future and fundamental matters is very similar."

Mr Rau also announced that he invited his German and French counterparts to Poland to attend an observance of the Weimar Triangle's 30th anniversary next year.

The Weimar Triangle was founded in 1991 by the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and France and intended to promote cooperation between the three countries in crisis zones.