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Poland Likely to Stay Out of Global Migration Pact


7Dnews London

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 14:47 GMT

The prime minister of Poland said on Friday November 2nd that Poland is very likely to stay out of a United Nations pact promoting an international approach to safe and orderly migration.

As reported by AP, Mateusz Morawiecki said during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Warsaw that national sovereignty and border protection were the issues behind Poland's opposition to the migration compact.

Meanwhile, Merkel expressed her support for the UN pact, which is the subject of an adoption meeting set for December 11th-12th in Marrakech, Morocco. She said that Germany has worked intensively on the text and it ensures the sovereignty of individual nations.

Immigration was only one issue that separated the two leaders as their governments met in Poland's capital, although the tone was friendly. Merkel thanked Morawiecki for a warm reception, calling him "dear Mateusz."

Another key issue straining ties is Nord Stream 2, a German-Russian gas pipeline that Warsaw says will give Russia too much control over energy in Europe, hurting Poland and Ukraine in particular.

Merkel addressed the Polish concerns over energy security. She said she explained that "energy diversification is important" for Germany and the country therefore would speed up plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

She also said Germany and Poland share the goal of Ukraine continuing as a transit route for Russian gas, a role she said, "represents a security component for Ukraine."