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Poland sees Jordan as key security partner — minister

By Khetam Malkawi - Feb 15,2015 - Last updated at Feb 15,2015

AMMAN — Poland has expressed support for Jordan in the security field, the country’s defence ministry has said.

According to the ministry’s website, Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said: “Jordan is recognised as our partner in the field of security.”

Siemoniak made the remark at meeting last Friday with his country’s defence attaches.

Although Poland is a member of the US-led coalition against the Daesh terrorist group, the country’s support, so far, is only political and through its membership in NATO.

However, Jordan and Poland signed a memorandum of understanding for military cooperation last May. 

The agreement went into force at the end of December 2014.

In an interview with The Jordan Times after the agreement was signed, Robert Kupiecki, Poland’s undersecretary of state for defence policy, said it is proof of Poland’s interest in deepening and extending cooperation with the Kingdom.

“Despite the geographical distance, there are some striking similarities between the paths of our countries,” Kupiecki said at the time, noting that both nations share very difficult and challenging neighbourhoods which require good policies aimed at stabilisation. 

Poland and Jordan have solid investments in their military capabilities to protect their interests and maintain security and stability, he noted.

Both countries enjoy stability in turbulent areas and their political stability is growing; in addition, Amman and Warsaw invest in relations with their neighbours, which might pose some challenges to their security, the official noted.

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