UK and Polland defence ministers hold their first meeting
During Sebastian Chwalek’s inaugural visit to the United Kingdom in his new role as Deputy Minister for the Polish Ministry of National Defence, the pair held the first Defence Capability and Industrial Dialogue and discussed working together on future procurement projects.
The agreement, which provides a framework for defence cooperation in areas such as training, information sharing and capability development, was the second such treaty to be signed with a European Union nation after France.
Defence Minister Guto Bebb said, "Meeting with Minister Sebastian Chwalek today has not only strengthened our ties with Poland but provided both Governments with a great opportunity to speak about future defence relationships. Our defence and security cooperation is already strong, and this partnership between the two countries has real potential to benefit both our forces and our national interests going forward.
He further added, "Today's meeting builds on the common ground we share, including the deployment of our troops to Poland under NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in the country, as we work together to protect our shared values, national security and people."
The Defence Capability and Industrial Dialogue was established last December, alongside the joint signing of the UK-Poland Treaty on Defence and Security Co-operation.