Deputy Foreign and Expatriate Minister Faisal Mikdad met Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Papierz and an accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, Mikdad affirmed Syria’s appreciation for Poland’s position on the issue of Syrian refugees and the support that Poland will provide to carry out its responsibilities in this domain.
For his part, Papierz expressed satisfaction with his visit to Syria, which aims to provide assistance to the Syrian State to enable them to receive Syrian refugees by creating favorable conditions for a return to their homeland.
In a statement to SANA, Mikdad welcomed the Polish delegation on their first to visit Syria since the start of the crisis, noting that the purpose of the visit is to discuss a specific project regarding the return of Syrian refugees to their country which reflects Poland’s position on the crisis in Syria.
Mikdad said that Poland’s position is realistic and rational, stressing that this is the right way to help Syria, and dismissing as ‘unacceptable’ the linking of humanitarian aid to other conditions.
In turn, Papierz affirmed that relations between Syria and Poland date back to the 1940s. These relations did not break during the difficult times and the Syrian Embassy still operates in Warsaw, and there is also a Polish diplomatic representation at the level of the charge d’affaires in Damascus, he added.
He pointed out that Poland has opposed the plan of a forced resettlement of Syrian refugees within the EU.
“We are of the opinion that we should help all those who’ve lost their properties, on the ground, here in Syria, and the objective of our visit is to see what can be feasible done,” he said.
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