G20 membership remains ambitious goal for Poland: FM

Becoming a G20 member is a clear future goal for Poland, said the country’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during the Foreign Service Day celebrations on Saturday.

Referring to President Andrzej Duda's Friday statement that Poland wanted to be admitted to the G20, Minister Czaputowicz recalled that economic development was a formal condition of membership of the organisation affiliating the 20 top world economies.

"(...) We have been getting closer, we have advanced. I believe this is a far-reaching goal. This will not be easy but it is necessary to aim at ambitious goals," Mr Czaputowicz said.

"If Poland has been developing and if this growth is faster than in other countries, then maybe one day we will get a place in the best twenty," he said.

Minister Czaputowicz highlighted that "Poland has maintained contacts with globally important countries," and that Poland's world image has recently improved also thanks to President Duda's involvement in the UN Security Council.

He also highlighted Poland's role in the EU with regard to the Western Balkans’ accession talks and the Eastern Partnership.

On the occasion of Foreign Service Day, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened its doors to visitors. Jacek Czaputowicz showed the group around, having presented his office, reception halls, stands prepared by representatives of Balkan Countries’ diplomatic services, as well as the Jerzy Giedroyc hall, where visitors had the opportunity to see the original documents of Poland joining the EU and NATO.

Foreign Service Day was established in 2009 to commemorate the first official diplomatic cable of the reborn Poland, which was dispatched by Jozef Pilsudski on November 16, 1918, to notify world leaders of the restoration of the independent Polish State.