Rau held a series of meetings as part of the first day of his multi-day visit to the US in New York and Washington.
As Yasina said, the new head of Slovak diplomacy, Rastislav Kaczera, participated in the conversation with the V4 foreign ministers, but there was no Hungarian representative, Peter Szijjarto. Asked by PAP about the reasons for the Hungarian’s absence, Jasina replied:
– Minister Szijjarto knows it best. He is here in New York and we are counting on a meeting with the Hungarian minister, the spokesman said. In response to a question about Radio Free Europe’s reports that Hungary is planning to block the extension of European sanctions against Russia, he admitted that it is no secret that the views of Poland and Hungary are different and that “there is no excessive rapprochement in this matter”.
Rau also held talks with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan about the recently resumed conflict with Azerbaijan. When asked about the Polish approach to the conflict, he quoted the words of Pope Paul VI from his visit to New York: “Peace, peace, peace”.
– The minister, both as the Polish minister and the chairman of the OSCE, is trying to bring the positions of Armenia and Azerbaijan closer together. We are trying to help the South Caucasus to bring peace, not war there, said the spokesman. He added that Rau will soon meet with Azerbaijan’s foreign minister. He also did not rule out meetings with diplomats from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, between whom there was also an exchange of fire in recent days. He suggested that the growing tensions include the result of the war in Ukraine.
– As a result of this instability [na Ukrainie] instability is widening in the South Caucasus and other places in Central Asia, he said.
Jasina also announced that Rau is likely to meet his American counterpart Antony Blinken in the coming days.
“Secretary Blinken rarely refuses Minister Rau if there is something important to talk about, and there is something to talk about,” said Jasina. Prior to that, Rau will attend Blinken’s Transatlantic Working Dinner with the British, Czech and Lithuanian chiefs of diplomacy. The main topic of talks is the war in Ukraine.
Yassin ruled out meetings with the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Siegiej Lavrov, saying that “there is no such need, and no one wants such a meeting on our part,” because the conditions since the last such meeting – also in New York a year ago – have changed dramatically.
On Monday, Rau also took part in talks with the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, as well as in an informal meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers. In the following days, he will also take part in a meeting of the informal MIKTA group (Mexico, Indonesia, Canada, Turkey and Australia).
Rau will accompany President Andrzej Duda in New York, who arrived in the US on Monday eveningto attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
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