Polish gov’t ministers, military leaders confer on Mideast conflict

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Polish government ministers and military leaders gathered in Warsaw on Tuesday to discuss Iran’s recent attack on Israel and the threat of an escalating conflict in the Middle East.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

The brainstorming session at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Polish capital was held before a Cabinet meeting, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk told reporters before the gathering that „the situation in the Middle East directly affects Polish soldiers” serving as part of United Nations peacekeeping forces in Lebanon and Iraq.

„This is reason enough to glean detailed information about the situation of our soldiers,” Tusk said.

He added that the meeting would focus on Poland’s security „amid the growing conflict in the Middle East.”

Taking part in the meeting were military and security decision makers including Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Poland’s defence minister, and Tomasz Siemoniak, the minister in charge of security services, alongside Jacek Siewiera, the head of President Andrzej Duda’s National Security Bureau (BBN), state news agency PAP reported.

Military leaders in attendance included Gen. Wiesław Kukuła, the chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, and Maj. Gen. Maciej Klisz, the Operational Commander of the Polish Armed Forces, according to the PAP news agency.

Poland’s foreign ministry on Saturday condemned a retaliatory attack by Iran on Israel and called on Iran and its allies to „exercise restraint and immediately cease hostilities.”

Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in a retaliatory strike that raised the threat of a wider regional conflict in the Middle East, according to reports.

Tusk said in an X post on Sunday that „the situation in the Middle East does not currently pose a direct threat” to Poland.

„But the world is on the brink,” he warned at the time. „Therefore, the Polish state must be strong … with a well-prepared army and a stable international position. Safety comes first.”

Kosiniak-Kamysz, who doubles as a deputy prime minister, said on Sunday that Polish peacekeeping troops and personnel in Lebanon were safe amid the hostilities in the Middle East.

„We are constantly monitoring and analysing the situation,” Kosiniak-Kamysz said at the time.

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Source: IAR, PAP

Radio Poland

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